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.
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.
Trial Wrapping Up For Power Broker William CelliniIt's a day off for the jury, but, not for the judge or lawyers in the trial of millionaire businessman and powerbroker William Cellini.
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.
Defense Tries To Distance Cellini From BlagojevichAn attorney for an Illinois powerbroker on trial in the last case directly linked to a federal investigation of Rod Blagojevich sought in his opening statement Thursday to distance his client from the disgraced former governor.
Powerbroker Cellini On Trial For Alleged ShakedownA mega-millionaire who for decades stayed in the shadows of Illinois power even as he wielded enormous influence looked on Wednesday at his corruption trial as prosecutors shined a bright light on allegations that he used his political sway to try to shake down a Hollywood executive.
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.