Blagojevich Trial: Taxpayers Likely To Help Fund Ex-Governor's Defense

06/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rod Blagojevich isn't governor anymore, but Illinois taxpayers are still probably going to have to pick up a portion of his legal tab when he goes on trial this summer on federal charges that accuse him of abusing the powers of the governor's office.

So far, the money has gone to pay six lawyers and 23 consultants and experts, according to Michael Dobbins, the federal court clerk for the Northern District of Illinois.

Robert Blagojevich -- the ex-governor's brother and former campaign chief -- will face trial with him. But Robert Blagojevich is paying his legal fees out of his own pocket.

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