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Third Blagojevich Defense Lawer May Want Out

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Third Blagojevich Defense Lawer May Want Out
Jack Higgins
Third Blagojevich Defense Lawer May Want Out

AP

One the lawyers for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Sheldon Sorosky speaks to the media outside of the Dirksen Federal Building on June 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

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The participation of a third defense attorney in a retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich may also be in question.

Sheldon Sorosky said he was "neutral" when whether he wanted to stay aboard the legal team, the Chicago News Cooperative is reporting.

Earlier this week, NBC Chicago reported that there were no guarantees that the father/son team of Sam Adam Sr. and Sam Adam Jr. would make a reapparance at the former governor's second trial.

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.

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