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Robert Blagojevich's attorney: Robert didn't talk to road builder about fund-raising

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

First to cross-examine Krozel is Michael Ettinger, attorney for brother Robert Blagojevich.

Robert was present for a Sept. 18, 2008 meeting at the Friends of Blagojevich office with the ex-governor, Lon Monk and Gerry Krozel, when they asked the road building exec to fund-raise for them.

Ettinger is trying to make the point that Robert was only marginally involved in that meeting and didn't have any further contact with Krozel afterward.

But it's slow going. Krozel appears a bit unnerved, shifting in his chair, pulling his head back as if he doesn't understand questions. He's acting frustrated, asking Ettinger to rephrase questions, often replying that he doesn't remember.

Ettinger: "Did Robert Blagojevich, to the best of your recollection, say one word to you at that meeting?"
Krozel says that he thinks he did.
Ettinger "What he talked to you about was your wife's illness."
Krozel: "I don't remember that."

Ettinger: "Subsequent to this meeting on Sept. 18, 2008, you never talked to Robert Blagojevich again ... Never called you up ... Never asked how you were doing with fund-raising."
Krozel says that's true.

Ettinger also points to a December 2008 FBI interview when Krozel said he did not feel pressured to fund-raise for Blagojevich and never felt the Tollway project depended on his participation.

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What goes around comes around...Commandant Blagojevich

one name needs to be looked at

appointed by Blago


Lannie Krozel, executive director Illinois Liquor Commission

Jerry Krozels daughter in law

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