A 'collective gasp'

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Lawyer talks about reaction to controversial vote

Anne Murphy talked about the 2004 controversial vote to approve Mercy Hospital application.
That's the same vote I described earlier with Donald Jones' testimony. The two said today that Stuart Levine walked over to a board member, consulted with him and the member then changed his vote. That sealed the deal for Mercy Hospital. That meeting was packed with several hundred people, Murphy said. When the final vote came down, the entire audience let out "a collective, shared gasp throughout the room," she said.

Murphy acted as general counsel to the health planning board. She advised board members on things like ethics.
That vote was rigged, the government contends, so that Levine could pocket a $1.5 million bribe.

The trial ended Tuesday without any recordings being played. We'll likely hear them tomorrow.

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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