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Blagojevich trial: Defense can't question on Greenlee-Quinlan connection

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Judge Zagel has shot down a request by the defense to delve into the working relationship between former Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee and former general counsel Bill Quinlan.

Greenlee had done contract legal work for Quinlan. The defense wanted to elicit this and draw the conclusion that Quinlan must have blessed Greenlee's conversations with Blagojevich because he hired him.

But Zagel said no, saying the perception of universal competency of lawyers went out in the 1890s.

The prosecution is now questioning Greenlee about a 2008 bill affecting the state's horse racing industry. Blagojevich is accused of trying to shake down a racetrack owner in exchange for signing the bill, which was to bring thousands of dollars in subsidies to the industry each day.

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