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Prosecutors: Cellini trial could wrap up by week's end

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By Natasha Korecki
Chicago Sun-Times

Federal prosecutors this afternoon said William Cellini's trial could be headed for closing arguments Friday.

Defense lawyer Dan Webb is likely to conclude his questioning of star witness Stuart Levine on Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner said the government will put on the stand an out-of-state witness (presumably the victim of the alleged extortion, Tom Rosenberg) Wednesday
and could be finished with its case by Thursday at the latest.

Webb said he gave a list of defense witnesses to Niewoehner. Still, Niewoehner said closings could happen by Friday.

Cellini is charged with attempting to extort Rosenberg, a Hollywood producer trying to get state business with the Teachers' Retirement System. His trial began with jury selection on Oct. 3. He accused of asking Rosenberg to ante up to Rod Blagojevich's gubernatorial campaign fund in exchange for the TRS business.

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