The participation of a third defense attorney in a retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich may also be in question.
Both men on Tuesday deflected questions about their further participation, asking repeatedly why the taxpayers should pay them to defend another costly prosecution.
The lawyers' withdrawl from the trial is not automatic. They would need to petition the court to leave the case and an ultimate decision would come from Judge James Zagel.
Bringing a new defense team up to speed on the case could mean more than a year of preparation and additional bill-footing by taxpayers.