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m4w/m4m - Me=Awesome Ex-Governor, You=Awesome Defense Attorney (Ravenswood)

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Feb 10, 2009 6:20PM

2009_02_10_blago.jpg Now that he's no longer Governor, Rod Blagojevich can turn his attention to his upcoming federal trial and, more importantly, finding a new lead attorney. Star defender Ed Genson quit Blago's legal team on the heels of Blago's media blitz, which Genson disapproved of. With that, all the ex-gov is left with is "longtime friend" Sheldon Sorosky. The father-son pair of Sam Adams Jr. and Sr. handles some of Blago's impeachment proceedings but have not yet committed to the federal portion of Blago's legal woes. The Sun-Times reports that Rod and Patti met with several prospective attorneys over the weekend in an attempt to fill out the roster.

One name that's been floated as a potential new lead is attorney Tom Breen, who "represented the Citizens for Ryan campaign fund, which was indicted under former Gov. George Ryan." According to attorney Michael Ettinger, who represents Blago's brother Robert, James Graham and Judith Dobkin will be defending the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund. It also appears Alan Brunell will join the Blago Defense team; Burnell is known for defending Ryan's chief of staff, Scott Fawell.

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