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On deck tomorrow: Just Blago and his bro

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Just a week ago, we expected a small crowd of defendants to attend their arraignments in the corruption case of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
But of the six people indicted, just two -- the ex-governor himself and his brother -- will face charges tomorrow.
The ex-governor's former fund-raiser, Chris Kelly, moved his arraignment date today to later in the week. There's a conflict because Kelly's lawyer is in Florida.
Nonetheless, expect nothing short of a circus here at 219 S. Dearborn.

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The only thing that will stop the Feds on this whole fiasco from completely dismantling the rats maze of inside dealings, power politics, cozy contracts, specially placed employees to keep the wheels rolling is time,expense or growing tired of swinging . If they started today they might be done by 2020 investigating every nook and cranny that has exploited not only during the Blago years but well prior as well. This isn't about party affiliation Republican or Democrat it's about the politics of greed and that's one party you can't declare in the primary. It's hard to imagine how much money has been spent trying to bring this to closure while the State is teetering on bankruptcy. This state is ripe for a clean third party because the two who have been operating it have shown they clearly can't be trusted by the electorate. Really a nice thing for our state be known for and possibly one for the Guinness people to look into having two successive Governors from different parties doing time for corruption simultaneously in Federal prison..... Abe would sure be proud.

Monk and Harris are ostensibly cooperating; and Kelly's attorney is reportedly out of town. Even if Webb has a more pressing engagement, Cellini reportedly has Gillespie on the bench to pinch hit, so how does he warrant a Rain Delay here?

Has Webb already filed his motion for a separate trial prior to arraignment? You would think the defendant would have to appear and answer the charges first. I would be interested in Webb's legal support for a separate trial in light of these aspects of the indictment which seem to tie Cellini directly into the conspiracy, the actions for which were carried out for the benefit of Public Official A. Much of these elements of the conspiracy seem to have been captured on the wiretaps at Levines home office.

{It was further part of the conspiracy that CELLINI, Levine, Rezko, and Co-Conspirator A agreed that they would use their influence and Levine’s position at TRS to prevent Rosenberg’s firm, Capri Capital, from receiving a planned $220 million allocation of TRS funds unless Rosenberg and Capri Capital agreed to raise or donate a substantial amount of funds for the benefit of Public Official A.}

{It was further part of the conspiracy that CELLINI later told Levine that Rezko and Co-Conspirator A had agreed to the proposal to use their influence with high-ranking State of Illinois officials to oppose the pension consolidation plan in exchange for CELLINI’s agreement to use his influence at TRS and Levine’s position at TRS to ensure that TRS invested money with and
hired firms chosen by Rezko and Co-Conspirator A. CELLINI and Levine understood that Rezko and Co-Conspirator A were going to expect under the agreement that CELLINI would use his influence at TRS and Levine would use his position at TRS to help firms that made contributions for the benefit of Public Official A.}

{Levine, Rezko, and Co-Conspirator A further agreed that Levine would arrange for CELLINI to communicate to Rosenberg that Capri Capital was not going to receive its $220 million allocation because of Rosenberg’s failure to make a significant political contribution for the benefit of Public Official A.}

{CELLINI and Levine agreed that once Rosenberg understood that the reason Capri Capital was not going to receive its $220 million allocation was because of Rosenberg’s failure to make a significant contribution for the benefit of Public Official A, CELLINI would direct Rosenberg to talk with Levine so that Levine could arrange with Rosenberg how Rosenberg and Capri Capital could make the necessary contributions for the benefit of Public Official A to ensure that Capri Capital would receive its $220 million allocation.

It was further part of the conspiracy that on or about May 6, 2004, Levine told TRS Staffer A that CELLINI was going to tell Rosenberg that Rezko was shocked that Rosenberg wanted to receive the $220 million allocation from TRS without having made any political contributions for the benefit of Public Official A and that Rosenberg was going to have to deal with Rezko.

It was further part of the conspiracy that on or about May 7, 2004, CELLINI told Rosenberg that there had been a meeting involving Rezko and Co-Conspirator A concerning plans for raising political donations for the benefit of Public Official A from pension fund managers, and that during this meeting Rezko had observed that Capri Capital had a lot of TRS funds under management but had not made any political donations for the benefit of Public Official A.

CELLINI told Rosenberg words to the effect that Capri Capital had not gotten its $220 million allocation from TRS because of its failure to make political donations for the benefit of Public Official A.}

(It was further part of the conspiracy that on or about May 7, 2004, after CELLINI told Rosenberg about the reasons that Capri Capital had not received its $220 million allocation, CELLINI called Levine. In that call, CELLINI told Levine about Rosenberg’s reaction when CELLINI had explained to Rosenberg that Capri Capital would not receive the $220 million allocation because Rosenberg had failed to make a political donation for the benefit of Public
Official A.

It was further part of the conspiracy that on or about May 8, 2004, CELLINI called Levine and reported on another conversation CELLINI had with Rosenberg earlier that day in which Rosenberg advised CELLINI that Rosenberg would not be extorted. CELLINI further told Levine that Rosenberg had threatened to inform law enforcement about the extortion. CELLINI and Levine discussed ways in which they could deal with Rosenberg’s threat to inform law enforcement about the extortion, such as by giving Capri Capital a small allocation of money from TRS, which would make it more difficult for Rosenberg to claim that the firm was being extorted. CELLINI and
LEVINE agreed to discuss the matter with Rezko.}

The Feds are allowing Blago to pay for his defense with his "freinds for Blagojevich" campaign fund money but if he's found guilty his lawyers will have to give the money back to the feds. It will be interesting to find out who Rod ends up with, it will be a very publicized case but it will cost a lot of money and he has proven to be a most difficult client.

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