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Lead Blagojevich Prosecutor Joining Chicago Law FirmThe federal prosecutor who led the team that convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office to join a prominent Chicago law firm.
Power Broker Cellini Guilty On 2 CountsIllinois power broker and millionaire businessman William Cellini has been found guilty on two of four counts related to a conspiracy to squeeze the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” for a campaign contribution.
Juror Replaced In Cellini Trial DeliberationsA federal judge has replaced a juror at the shakedown trial of a clout-heavy Illinois businessman and told the new jury to start deliberations from scratch.
Jurors Deliberate At Trial Of 'King Of Clout'Jurors began sorting Wednesday through three weeks of testimony against a longtime Illinois powerbroker in the last trial related to a nearly decade-long federal investigation of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Cellini Trial Set To Go To JuryIn their final push to take down a well-connected Illinois millionaire, prosecutors focused on one sound Tuesday -- a laugh -- as they tried to convince jurors he was in on a scheme to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Cellini Won't Testify In Own DefenseMillionaire businessman William Cellini has decided not to take the stand during his Chicago corruption trial.
Cellini Prosecutors Rest Shakedown CaseThe producer of "Million Dollar Baby" cursed at a clout-heavy businessman about what he believed was a scheme to extort him for a campaign donation, screaming over the phone that he'd never relinquish a dime to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Hollywood executive testified Thursday.
Jury Selection Begins For Trial Of Powerbroker CelliniJury selection has begun in the trial of Springfield businessman and powerful political insider William Cellini, on charges that he shook down a Hollywood producer for campaign contributions.
Second Bianchi Special Prosecutor Wants Off Case A second special prosecutor wants out of the upcoming corruption trial of McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi.
Blago Jury Finishes First Day Of Deliberation; Judge Rejects Mistrial MotionThe federal jury in Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial officially went home Friday afternoon after beginning to deliberate the deposed governor's fate.
Prosecutors, Blagojevich Spar Over Meaning Of His WordsDuring a full day of cross-examination at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial, federal prosecutors repeatedly tried to use the former governor’s own words to discredit him and paint him as dishonest.
Blagojevich: 'F***ing Golden' Meant 'Good Things For Illinois'Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich testified Thursday that he had no interest in getting campaign cash in exchange for appointing someone to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat in 2008.
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