Edward M. Genson (born June 30, 1941) is a Chicago attorney who has represented high profile defendants such as former Republic Windows CEO Richard Gillman, musician R. Kelly, newspaper owner Conrad Black, and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Genson was born June 30, 1941. He received a B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1962, and a J.D. from its law school in 1965. He married the love of his life, Susan Benjamin, in 1964 and they had three children together, Kimberly, Melissa, and Morton David.
He was hired by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich after the Governor's arrest on corruption charges on December 9, 2008 and represented him at the impeachment hearings in the Illinois House of Representatives. However, on January 16, 2009, the U.S. attorney's office in the Northern District of Illinois said Genson would not represent Blagojevich in his state Senate impeachment trial.
On January 23, 2009, after only a month on the case, Genson announced that he would step down as Blagojevich's lead defense attorney, stating that "I never require a client to do what I say but I do require them to at least listen to what I say."
Republic Windows & Doors Case
Genson was hired by former Republic Windows CEO Richard Gillman to represent him against the charges brought against him. In a surprise move, the judge set Gillman's bail at $10 million; a significantly higher amount then the Prosecution requested.
On Saturday September 25, Genson was able to get Gillman's bail cut in half and he was able to post bail.
Genson has published the following legal articles:
- "Prosecutorial Courtroom Misconduct in Illinois", Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal, Fall 1987
- "A Guide to Handling Federal Narcotics Forfeiture Cases", Illinois Bar Journal, April 1991
- "Taped Evidence in Criminal Cases: Confronting the Tape Recorder", Litigation Magazine (American Bar Association), Winter 1994
- "Edward M. Genson". Leading Lawyers Network. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
- "The Players". The Star. 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- Keen, Judy and Douglas Stanglin (2008-12-15). "Obama says no 'inappropriate' staff contacts with Ill. Gov. Blagojevich". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
- Blagojevich's Lead Defense Lawyer to Resign CNN.com, January 23, 2009
- Released from jail
- CEO goes home
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