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Ellis Named Prosecutor for Impeachment Trial

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The attorney who will prosecute Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Senate impeachment trial says he is not undertaking the task lightly.

David Ellis typically serves as counsel for House Speaker Mike Madigan. But in recent weeks he was also the attorney for the special House committee investigating impeachment of Blagojevich. His next duty will be to prove to Senators why Blagojevich should be removed from office.

ELLIS: I don’t think anybody would walk in here and say this is going to be easy. I’ve been privileged to work with the special investigative committee. I know the material well. I feel very strongly about our case.

Ellis is a 41-year Northwestern Law School Graduate. He worked at a private firm in Chicago, and had his own firm before moving to Springfield to work for the Speaker in 2006. While Ellis says he’s a lawyer first ... he is also the author of five mystery novels ... one of which won a prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award.

ELLIS: If you’re asking me is their fodder here, I’m not sure anyone would believe it if I put it into a book.

Ellis says while making his case to the Senate, he will not compromise federal prosecutors’ criminal investigation into Blagojevich.

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