Businessman talks of sham deal in Tony Rezko's trial
Sheldon Pekin talks about getting orders from Stuart Levine to direct money from a finder's fee to Chicago Ald. Dick Mell, who allegedly wanted to enjoy the "spoils" of state business.
Mell, who is also Gov. Blagojevich's father-in-law, never went through with it, according to the testimony. Mell denies involvement and Pekin didn't testify to having a direct conversation with Mell.
But prosecutors showed an unsigned document that allegedly was an unsigned consulting contract. Mell wasn't expected to do work for the money, Pekin testified.
Pekin, who said he suffers from Parkinson's Disease, is pretty tough to understand at times, his answers are garbled in the microphone. Prosecutors and the judge have asked him several times to repeat his answers.
This afternoon continues with about another hour of Pekin testimony on direct.