Reporting with Sarah Ostman
Just 15 minutes into the defense's cross examination of John Wyma, Judge James Zagel dismisses jurors to see where defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky is headed with questioning.
Outside of the jury's presence, Sorosky says he believes Wyma was instructed by Tony Rezko to bribe a member of the Hospital Facilities Planning Board if Wyma wanted his client, Provena Hospital to have any success before the board.
"This was a crime in fact this man committed," Sorosky told Zagel.
Sorosky said he was served with a subpoena by the government in the fall of 2008 -- the same time that Rezko and another board member, Stuart Levine, were cooperating with the government.
"That is his motivation for cooperating with the government," Sorosky said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton said the accusation doesn't hold water.
"I think this is an outrageous allegation," she told Zagel.
Earlier in testimony, Wyma said he pulled in $1 million a year as an Illinois lobbyist.
"Other than being a friend of Gov. Blagojevich, will you tell me why these people paid you $1 million," Sorosky asked.
The government's objection was sustained.