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Two attorneys step aside in Blagojevich case


CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is forced to trim down his legal team as his retrial approaches.

A federal judge has granted a request to allow Blagojevich's lead attorney to withdraw from his principle defense role.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said Friday that Sam Adam, Jr. would technically remain a member of the defense team because he may have to be called in to help.

In his first corruption trial, Blagojevich paid his large defense team with a legal fund that is now empty. He is now allowed only two attorneys and a paralegal because taxpayers must pay his legal bills.

Blagojevich's lead attorneys will now be Aaron Goldstein and Sheldon Sorosky.

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