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Giel Stein, Former George Ryan Lawyer, Joins Blagojevich Defense

First Posted: 07/13/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:30 PM ET

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Another lawyer is joining the defense team for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Friday allowed a fourth lawyer to serve as quarterback for the defense team, helping to oversee the review of volumes of documents and case organization.

Zagel initially approved 40 hours of legal work by attorney Giel (GEEL) Stein. Zagel has a say over attorneys as part of an agreement with prosecutors to let Blagojevich use his campaign fund to pay for his defense.

Stein formerly worked at the Winston & Strawn law firm, where he said he was one of the many lawyers who helped with former Gov. George Ryan's defense. Ryan is in prison for corruption.

Blagojevich's defense is being handled by Chicago attorney Sheldon Sorosky and the father-son criminal defense team of Sam Adam and Samuel E. Adam.

-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Filed by Ben Goldberger  |