- Associated Press - Thursday, September 30, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) — A top attorney for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants the judge to release him from the defense team on Blagojevich’s second corruption trial.

That’s according to another Blagojevich attorney, Sheldon Sorosky.

Mr. Sorosky said Sam Adam Jr. will ask to withdraw from the case at a Friday hearing before Judge James Zagel, who has the final say in whether Mr. Adam can leave.

Mr. Adam conducted the opening statements and closing arguments in Blagojevich’s first trial, which ended with the Democrat convicted on only one of 24 counts. The former governor’s defense rested without calling any witnesses.

Mr. Sorosky said Mr. Adam’s father, Sam Adam Sr., and attorney Michael Gillespie also hope to leave. If the judge agrees, that would leave Mr. Sorosky and Aaron Goldstein as the attorneys for the retrial in January.