Yesterday's indictment against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is presenting a conflict for the newest addition to his trial team. Veteran defense lawyer Terry Gillespie, who just joined on board last week, is likely to drop out of the Blagojevich case, defense lawyers say.
That's because Gillespie previously committed to helping in the defense of Springfield power broker William Cellini. Yesterday, Cellini became a Blagojevich co-defendant. Gillespie didn't know they would be codefendants until Blago's indictment was returned. Prosecutors decided to charge the case by superseding, or adding new defendants and charges, to Cellini's existing case.
Cellini's chief defense lawyer, Dan Webb, already said he will ask a judge to try Cellini separately from Blagojevich. But there's no telling whether that will be successful.
Cellini is charged with taking part in a scheme to shakedown a fund manager in exchange for a campaign donation to Blagojevich. Cellini was caught on numerous wiretapped conversations with Stuart Levine, who became a top government witness.
Gillespie was preparing to question Levine in the Cellini case.