Tom Rosenberg, who is testifying with immunity from prosecution, just described a scenario in which he meets with Ed Vrdolyak to talk about the estate of a friend, the late multi-millionaire Ted Tannebaum.
Rosenberg has just described how he and Stuart Levine loathe one another. The two had a falling out where Levine allegedly was inappropriately asking Rosenberg for money.
Rosenberg said he didn't talk to him after that.
Then they ended up in Vrdolyak's office.
Vrdolyak tried getting the two of them to put the past behind them in a follow-up meeting over Tannebaum's estate. (Vrdolyak was the lawyer handling the deal).
"He told me not to be a jerk and to say something nice," Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg said he allegedly told Levine when he walked in: "I’m sorry we had a falling out but you were asking me to do things I couldn’t do."
"We lied to each other for a few minutes, (Levine) told me how he used to like me and I told him how I used to like him," Rosenberg said with a straight face.
This got a laugh from the courtroom audience and some jurors -- something that's been pretty rare in this trial.