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Rezko: Blagojevich told me to break the law. Cellini vouched for Levine

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In a position paper asking a judge to free him from prison now, rather than have to do more time, Tony Rezko says that
after spending 20 years in Chicago politics he was "shocked" by a request
that came from Rod Blagojevich.

"Mr. Rezko was shocked that Blagojevich explicitly directed him to work with Chris Kelly to find ways for
Blagojevich, Monk, Kelly and Rezko to make money through state action,"
Rezko's lawyers wrote in a sentencing filing.

It also says he didn't trust Stuart Levine until someone called Rezko to back Levine: Bill Cellini.

"Rezko knew Cellini was the ultimate insider during the 26 years of Republican administrations that preceded Blagojevich, and Rezko knew that Cellini had made tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars from state business during that time period. As the evidence at trial showed, Cellini was concerned about protecting his influence and the
individuals he had placed on various state boards, so he proposed an "accommodation" to the
new administration by which he agreed to raise campaign funds for Blagojevich in exchange for
the governor's agreement to protect the "status quo" by leaving board members loyal to Cellini
in place," lawyers wrote. "In short, Cellini had in place for years the apparatus that Blagojevich wanted Kelly and
Rezko to build, and Levine was practically begging to maintain and even increase his thoroughly
corrupt influence."

Rezko's sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 22.

Read more here: Rezko asks for time served.

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