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Stuart Levine, major cooperator in #Blagojevich case, finally gets sentencing date

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The longtime federal witness whose testimony has brought down some of the biggest names in Illinois, is finally scheduled to be sentenced.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve on Tuesday set a June 28 sentencing date for Stuart Levine, who testified in the trials of political fixer Tony Rezko and Downstate powerbroker William Cellini. Both Rezko and Cellini were convicted at their trials.
She also scheduled a Sept. 7 sentencing date for Steve Loren, the onetime attorney for the Teachers Retirement System who has also pleaded guilty and testified for the government.
Levine once sat on two state boards. He is an admitted drug user and serial conman who from the witness stand told of a lifetime of scams and swindles including paying out bribes and extorting others who were seeking state work.
Levine had worked out a deal with prosecutors to serve about five and a half years behind bars. It's a deal that defense lawyers have criticized for years, arguing that Levine will see less prison time even though he pocketed actual money.
Prosecutors though say Levine's cooperation was invaluable.
At Rod Blagojevich's December sentencing Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar called Levine one of the most significant cooperators the Dirksen Federal Courthouse had ever seen.
The ultimate decision on Levine's sentence will be up to St. Eve, who asked prosecutors this morning to include in filings the extent of Levine's cooperation.
Rezko's trial was before St. Eve. Last year, she sentenced him to 10 ½ years behind bars.

Read Sun-Times piece on Levine from last October: How conman took down top politicos in Illinois

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The American judicial system is a farce. There's no logic to it at all. Blago gets 14 years and he never got a penny, Stuart Levine, who was involved in all kinds of dirty dealings with Tony Rezko and Eddie Vrdolyak, is going to get off with 5 1/2 years, and Stuart Libby who committed treason for outing the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson got a 2 1/2 year sentence, and that was commuted to time served (no time at all) by George Bush. Our entire judicial system, both state and federal, is nothing but state sanctioned terrorism. In other words, the judges can do anything they want to you for any reason they want. They can sentence to probation for murder or life in prison for littering. That's just about how bad it is.

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