Daughters Amy 14, and Annie 7, were brought in to hear the prosecution’s closing argument in the trial of their dad for numerous alleged instances of corruption, including the attempted sale of Barack Obama’s former senate seat.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the general consensus among courtroom observers was that the girls were brought in as a ploy to make jury members more sympathetic to Blagojevich. The telling detail: family members were witnessed holding a sippy cup for Annie. Let me repeat that. Family members were spied holding a sippy cup for a seven year old girl. As if that were not enough, Annie Blagojevich spent most of the court session sitting in her mom’s lap and, from her front row perch, making really cute faces at the courtroom sketch artists.
However, whatever sympathy points the young Blagojevich scored for dad might well have been subtracted out by older sister Amy, who showed up carrying pink Coach handbag. This bit of teenage ostentation might well have reminded jurors of the fact that dad is on trial for his alleged freelance attempts to augment his gubernatorial salary. Among the bills the family needed to pay: a $700,000 clothing bill racked up over a seven-year period.
Commenters on the Chicago Tribune’s website took a dim view of the Blagojevich clan’s day in court. “Shameful,” wrote one. “How could any normal person do this to their children?” wrote another.
So what say you? Do you believe children should attend their parent’s courtroom trials? And what do you think of a seven-year-old with a sippy cup?