Reporting with Natasha Korecki
John Johnston, the horse racing businessman and alleged extortion victim, has taken the stand. He is the second witness testifying with a grant of immunity.
His entrance into the courtroom was ... unconventional. Instead of waiting for a court security officer to remove the rope that cordons off the spectators from the main floor, Johnston just ducked right under it.
Johnston, wearing a pink and blue striped tie, is expected to testify that he was the victim of a shakedown scheme by the ex-governor related to a 2008 state bill that would have provided millions in subsidies to the horse racing industry.
Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner just showed a chart detailing $320,000 in campaign contributions from Johnston's business or related ones. They're showing jurors that the donations were consistent -- but they came during fund-raisers.
That will not be the scenario when Johnston describes the then-governor's alleged shakedown in 2008.