Young attorney set to open Blagojevich defense

 
Associated Press
Posted5/2/2011 6:56 AM
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A young attorney who cut his teeth in rough-and-tumble state courts in Chicago will deliver opening statements for the defense at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial.

Blagojevich spokesman Glenn Selig tells The Associated Press that 36-year-old Aaron Goldstein will step before jurors on Monday.

The sometimes sardonic but normally subdued Goldstein has limited experience in federal court. Early in his career, he was known for defending clients charged with drunk driving.

At the last trial, the opening was done by Sam Adam Jr. Adam, who shouted and cracked jokes as he paced the courtroom. By comparison, Goldstein is expected to deliver a lower key opening.

Blagojevich faces 20 counts, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.