$30M- Feds rip Blago lawyers on cost of retrial
BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter
Prosecutors in Rod Blagojevich's case Thursday attacked statements made by the former governor's lawyers, calling them "offensive" and "misleading."
In a 34-page filing Thursday, prosecutors said Sam Adam Jr. and Sam Adam Sr. made statements to the media that included made-up numbers and outright lies, all in an effort to speak to the next jury. Blagojevich was convicted of just one count -- lying to the FBI. He faces retrial on 23 other counts next year.
The filing takes the Adams to task, saying they made up numbers, telling TV crews a retrial would cost the government up to $30 million.
Prosecutors say that sum nearly equals the annual budget of the U.S. attorney's office, including rent, civil cases and salaries and expenses of more than 150 non-Blagojevich prosecutors.
"The defense's estimated cost of retrial is preposterous," prosecutors wrote.
They also responded to the Adams' and Blagojevich's on-air statements that prosecutors should turn their efforts to drug dealers and gang-bangers, saying it was just a way that the ex-governor deflected guilt.
"The notion that the government should forego prosecution of a corrupt ex-governor is offensive to any sense of justice," prosecutors wrote. The Adams, who could not be reached for comment, have withdrawn as Blagojevich's attorneys.