Attorney Says Case Against Blago ‘Significantly Exaggerated’

Dec 15, 2008 1:32pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports from Chicago: Chicago defense attorney Ed Genson, who met with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich twice this weekend and who expects to be retained today, said that the case against the governor is "significantly exaggerated" and if he is retained, they will fight the charges.

"It’s like a snowball running down the hill and it’s gotten really really large. It’s an avalanche now," Genson told reporters as he arrived at work Monday morning. "And… I think the case, the case that I’ve seen so far is significantly exaggerated. It’s just, it’s not what people think it is."

Genson met with Blagojevich for much of Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the lawyer’s downtown Chicago offices.

Warned the attorney today, "If I’m trying the case, it’s going to be a fight."

"Impeachment and criminal proceedings?" asked a reporter.

"Impeachment and criminal proceedings," Genson replied.

Genson said he expects to know this afternoon if he will take on the governor’s case, but first he has to make sure there are no conflicts.

"I have conflicts and I have to talk with the other people and other potential clients and people who I’ve been retained for over the years, make certain that the conflicts are something that’s, that doesn’t prevent me from properly representing him," Genson said.

In the past, the high-profile attorney has represented R&B singer R. Kelly and media mogul Conrad Black.

"I very rarely have an insignificant challenge," he noted.

Genson said there was a Yiddish phrase that came to mind when asked about the case against the governor, but he refused to say what it was.

One reporter said he had heard from a source that the wire-tapped recordings of Blagojevich’s conversations reveal "a guy there talking shop, but they don’t see any overt acts."

Responded Genson with a smile, "I have a lot of respect for whoever said that to you, but I don’t want to comment."

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