Rod Blagojevich hires noted defense lawyer Ed Genson

Illinois Governor Hires a Courtroom Bulldog

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has turned to one of Chicago's best known lawyers to defend him -- a legendary courtroom bulldog whose roster of clients includes rock star R. Kelly and Canadian-born press lord Conrad Black.

Blagojevich's decision to retain Ed Genson -- a tough, wry attorney known for charming juries with his down-to-earth manner -- had been widely expected for days. Making his hiring official Monday, the never-shy Genson wasn't bashful in knocking the government's case against his new client.

Genson is known as the "Devil's Advocate"

I Will Fight, I Will Fight, I Will Fight Until My Last Breath”

— Rod Blagojevich