Burglars hit offices of Blagojevich's legal team

December 4, 2009 2:35:42 PM PST
Burglars broke into the offices occupied by two members of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's legal defense team overnight and stole eight computers and a safe, police said Friday. The break-in occurred at the South Side offices of veteran Chicago criminal defense lawyer Sam Adam and his son, Samuel E. Adam, police said. They are two of the three leading members of the team defending Blagojevich on charges that he schemed to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.

Chief of detectives Steve Peterson told a news conference that detectives don't know whether anything related to Blagojevich's federal fraud case was contained on the computers. But he said they are interviewing the attorneys.

Police said the burglars broke into the offices overnight and at some point tripped an alarm.

Several attorneys besides the Adamses work out of the offices.

The third key member of Blagojevich's legal defense team, Sheldon Sorosky, works out of his law firm's downtown offices.

Sam Adam is a veteran of 40 years of criminal law practice in Chicago and has handled numerous high-profile cases. His son gained the spotlight last year with shouting, whispering, table-pounding closing arguments at R. Kelly's trial on child pornography charges, which ended with the R&B singer's acquittal.


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