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Representing Illinois Governors In Prosecutions Isn't High Paying Work

Defending a former Illinois governor in a criminal prosecution may seem like a terrific high-profile gig, but don't expect to get rich off of it. According to the Chicago Sun-Times blog, lawyers representing ex-governor Rod Blagojevich have agreed to give up efforts to obtain unlimited control of Blagojevich's $2.3 million campaign fund for attorneys fees. Instead, lawyers plan to choose another option offered by Judge James Zagel which is to allow him to oversee the fund, and parcel out payment to lawyers at $110/hour instead of their ordinary $500/hour rates. Lawyers will also ask the judge to appoint more lawyers to the Blago defense team to help get through the 3 million documents and 400 hours of taped conversation.

This isn't the first time that lawyers have taken a bath on fees in representing an ex-Illinois governor. Back in 2006, we posted about Winston Strawn's attempt to have their uncompensated work for ex- Illinois governor  George Ryan classified as pro bono after Ryan ran out of cash midway through the case.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 7, 2009 at 02:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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