Blago's Top Lawyer to Quit

'I require clients to at least listen'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2009 7:10 AM CST
Ed Genson, lead attorney for impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, talks with reporters as he leaves the federal building in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich’s top lawyer in his criminal case is jumping ship, the Chicago Tribune reports. He told reporters as much in a statement just after a judge ruled that undercover Blago tapes could be passed to the state legislature. “I never require a client to do what I say," said Edward Genson, who’s practiced for 44 years. "But I do require them to at least listen."

"I wish the governor good luck and Godspeed," he added. In response to a question about an apparent $500,000 payment he received from campaign cash, Genson said, “The answer to that is that it's none of your guys' business.”