My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

Calling No Witnesses?


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As courtroom action came to a halt Tuesday in the case against Rod Blagojevich, speculation began to emerge that the former Governor’s defense would “rest” . . . without calling a single witness to testify.


That’s an unusual tactic, but occasionally it’s a tactic that works – as longtime residents of South – Central Illinois may recall.


In 1993, jurors in Effingham County found a Shumway businessman not guilty on a felony charge of bribery.  The defense called no witnesses in the highly-publicized case — after vigorous cross-examination of witnesses presented by the prosecution.


The defendant’s representation was handled by Anton R. Valukas, a partner in the prestigious Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Official court records of the case have been expunged.



Anton Valukas



[Note:  I personally have employed the “no witnesses” defense strategy sparingly, but as recently as July of 2011 in a felony DUI matter (after this post was originally published).  My client, too, was found “Not Guilty.”  It was a very unusual case].




Scott Ealy



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July 21, 2010 at 5:50 am

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