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Blago's Defense Team May Want Out



    Blago's Defense Team May Want Out
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    Sam Adam (R) and his son Sam Adam Jr., attorneys for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, leave the courthouse after attending a hearing to hear a question from the jury August 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

    There are no guarantees that Rod Blagojevich's flamboyant legal team will make a repeat appearance at his second trial.

    After the verdict, attorneys Sam Adam Junior and Senior deflected all questions about their further participation, asking repeatedly why the taxpayers should pay them to defend another costly prosecution.

    Insiders close to both men say they believe neither wants to move forward on what could become a losing round for the former governor after already taking a two year ride which has diverted their attention from other clients.

    If Adam Jr. and Sr. petition the court to withdraw, Blagojevich would be left with the prospect of getting a new legal team up to speed, a process which could take many months.

    Judge James Zagel would have to accept their petition, or he could deny it, saying they have an ethical responsibility to continue with the defense.