One of Beavers' attorneys is Sam Adam Jr., Blagojevich's lead lawyer at his first corruption trial that ended with jurors deadlocked on all but one charge, leading to a second decisive trial.
Beavers has said his indictment was an act of retribution by investigators for refusing to wear a wire against another county commissioner, John Daley, the brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. U.S. District Judge James Zagel barred defense attorneys from broaching that allegation at the trial.
Zagel ruled last year that they could argue Beavers eventually paid back the money in question and amended his returns after he learned he was under investigation. However, Zagel said that claim would only be admissible if it came from Beavers' mouth on the witness stand.