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Blagojevich retrial likely to start in January

(file photo: UPI)

By Robert Wildeboer, WBEZ

Chicago – Round two of U.S. v. Rod Blagojevich will start early next year. Federal prosecutors are getting ready for a retrial as the former Illinois governor figures out who will be on his defense team.

Rod Blagojevich is still facing 23 counts and Judge James Zagel says that trial will likely start the first week of January.

Zagel says the governor's legal team may be limited to two attorneys if he wants a publicly funded defense.

Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam says at this point, no one on the current legal team is definitely going, or staying.

"You can think of a thousand hypotheticals here about what if and what if but we've got to see how the governor feels about this," Adam said. Whatever he thinks is best is what we're going to do."

Adam says as of right now, no one has raised the possibility of Blagojevich pleading guilty.

"On the other hand, I am open to discussion on anything that will benefit the governor."

The governor's brother, Robert, no longer faces charges but he says he may attend the retrial to show support.