Evidence will take 51 years to get through: Blagojevich’s lawyers

May 10th, 2009 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Rod Blagojevich Chicago, May 10 (ANI): Former Governor Rod Blagojevich lawyers have said it would take one attorney 51 years to get through all the evidence the feds have turned over against their client.

In a filing where defense lawyers for Blagojevich say they’ll accept 110 dollar-hour pay (as this blog reported here earlier this week) they tell a judge they’ve received one million pages of documents and 400 hours of tapes.

The filing also reveals that due to grand jury subpoenas, the Office of the Governor “has provided approximately 2 million documents to the government.” Those two million documents are in the hands of Winston and Strawn, Blago’s previous lawyers, according to the filing.

This comes after Judge Zagel said he would decide how many lawyers should be appointed to the case, in part, based on how much evidence there is, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Attorneys Michael Ettinger and Sheldon Sorosky asked Zagel to appoint a “sufficient number of attorneys so that the massive amount of discovery can be read and the tapes can be digested within a reasonable amount of time and defendant Blagojevich be afforded effective assistance of counsel.”

This blog reported earlier this week that the defense would give up its claim on the 2.3 million dollars fund and instead allow Zagel authority to dole it out to them for attorneys fees — at 110 dollar an hour. (ANI)

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