The father-and-son team of Sam Adam Sr. and Sam Adam Jr. officially want out of Rod Blagojevich's retrial.
Their bombast -- in and out of the courtroom -- was a cornerstone of the former governor's defense in his first corruption trial that concluded with a deadlocked jury on all but one count.
They've asked the judge in the case to allow them to withdraw as they hit the deadline to do so.
The pair filed a joint motion today in federal court saying that they cannot properly defend the former governor at his new trial because of new rules that will kick in.
Those rules, governed by the fact that public funds will bankroll the defense, dictate that Blagojevich can only have two lawyers. The $2.8 million campaign fund that covered the costs of the first trial last summer has been drained.
"Such notification has made it impossible for the same trial team, which consisted of 14 lawyers, and more than 7 paralegals and staff, to stay intact and vigorously defend the charges as brought by the Government," the two wrote in their filing.
The Chicago Sun-Times first reported in August that the two lawyers told other lawyers in the group that they would pull out. They publicly denied it the day the report came out.
The withdrawals are a considerable blow to the former governor's defense. It was Sam Adam Jr. who gave rousing opening and closing arguments. And Sam Adam Sr. handled the cross examination of key witness John Harris.
However, remaining is Aaron Goldstein, a younger lawyer who handled the questioning of a considerable number of witnesses as did Shelly Sorosky, a longtime Blagojevich family friend, has also said he would stay on.
In their filing, the Adams say they will stay on in advisory positions to help with strategy in the retrial.
Read the filing: click here