Potential jurors in William Cellini's trial were in federal court this morning, but so far, jury selection hasn't started in the corruption case of the Downstate power broker.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers were still in chambers with U.S. District Judge James Zagel discussing issues connected to the trial, court personnel said this morning.
They're expected in court at about 12:15 p.m. Make that 1:15, according to the most recent update.
Last week, lawyers went behind closed doors to talk about star witness Stuart Levine and how much leeway Zagel would give the defense in his questioning.
Levine, who has pleaded guilty to using his influence on state boards to win kickbacks, has a salty history that includes drug use and partying. Prosecutors had asked Zagel to block the defense from asking about some of those issues.
Zagel has not yet ruled on the matter.
Cellini, a onetime co-defendant of Rod Blagojevich, is accused of trying to extort a Hollywood producer who sought state business.