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Blagojevich trial: Defense gets its shot at Cari

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Blagojevich defense attorney Michael Gillespie is now trying to undercut Cari's testimony that Blagojevich was aware of attempts by Stuart Levine, Chris Kelly and Tony Rezko to trade state pension-investment business for kickbacks and campaign contributions to Blagojevich's gubernatorial fund.

Cari came out swinging early in response to one of Gillespie's questions, asserting, "If you did not play ball the way they [Levine, Kelly and Rezko] wanted, there was repercussions."

Gillespie, however, then asked Cari if Blagojevich ever directly threatened to withhold state business from himself, his HealthPoint Capital investment firm or any of his law clients.

"No," Cari replied.

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