The reception involving Nadhmi Auchi was mentioned before in the Tony Rezko trial, but just briefly.
And while the defense seemed to go out of its way to ask star witness Stuart Levine today whether U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and his wife attended the reception, the prosecution seemed to also go out of its way -- to not ask that question.
Way back on March 19th, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner asked Stuart Levine about the same reception that Rezko organized for the Iraqi-born billionaire, Auchi.
Niewoehner asked if Levine attended, and asked who else was there, including Chris Kelly, a named co-schemer who hasn't been charged in the case.
Then the trial went to a break. When they returned, the prosecution changed the subject.
Today, Rezko lawyer specifically asked about Gov. Blagojevich, Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn -- and the Obamas.
But that's as far as Duffy went as well. Levine was never specifically asked if he saw Obama -- or any of these people -- actually speaking with the guest of honor.
Obama, who isn't accused of any wrongdoing, has said he doesn't recall ever meeting Auchi.
Auchi, one of the wealthiest men in the world, is a man of international interest because of charges abroad and his ban from entering the United States.