Defense: Prosecution didn't prove case

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When asked after court today why no witnesses were brought to the stand to testify in Rezko's defense, Rezko lawyer Joseph Duffy said it had to do with a deficient government case.

"We do not believe the government has met their burden in proving its charges against Mr. Rezko," Duffy said. "Plain and simple."

Closing arguments are scheduled for 9 a.m. May 12 -- next Monday.

For the prosecution: It appears Prosecutor Reid Schar will give the summary and Chris Niewoehner will give the rebuttal.

For the defense: Joseph Duffy will give the defense closing argument. Duffy and Niehwoehner will try to wrap it up Tuesday because the jury has a previously scheduled day off Wednesday, May 14.

The jury will likely return Thursday of next week to begin their deliberations.

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I hope Duffy has already been paid. Maybe he'll be the proud owner of several pieces of expensive Chicago property once this all over and Rezko is safely tucked away at the grey bar hotel. I can't give much in the way of positive remarks about most lawyers so I would say that if both Rezko and Duffy take an acid bath on this case of government corruption, good! What do you think Fitz is saying right about now? They have no Defense because the only way to negotiate a guilty plea now is to start the "thunder roll" on the rest of the political scum of Chicago!

Sorry there Chicago folks, but us folk down here in the city that would be big (you know where the capital is right?) can't help but look up river and see the scum floating.

Small town guy; the link below are articles written by John Batchelor that will fill you in on Rezko and his associates, I beleive there are 3 or 4 articles.

http://www.humanevents.com/search.php?author_name=John+Batchelor

This must be some kind of negotiating ploy by Duffy to get a good deal for his client, he can't think the jury will come back with anything but guilty. But I'm sure if Duffy does get him off this time he will have a client for life, and as long as Rezko has a friend in Auchi he'll have plenty of money to keep Duffy happy. That's if you believe in fairy tales.

How can you support gusy like Blago and Obama in Chicago? Talk about scumbags and corruptions. Wow.

"...why no witnesses were brought to the stand to testify in Rezko's defense, Rezko lawyer Joseph Duffy said it had to do with a deficient government case.We do not believe the government has met their burden in proving its charges against Mr. Rezko," Duffy said. "Plain and simple."

I find that a lame, incomprehensible reason from the defense. Really flies in the face of logic. My oh my, Chicago is spin city.

What kind of a defense is this? "All the witnesses are liars but my client is innocent". Does that work?

I ALSO AGREE MR OBAMA IS FOOLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
CAN ANYONE STOP HIM. BEFORE HE DESTROYS OUR COUNTRY?

SCARED AMERICAN

Hanna, If you had attended any court sessions, you would have been exposed to the fact that Duffy caught nearly every witness in a lie in regards to their testimony.

Hey Billy - how many lies has our governor and his "kitchen cabinet" told the citizens of this state since his election? Countless! How many state management people have gone along to get along to save their jobs? How many people have to indicted around this guy before people admit that his administration is corrupt. He is a bullying narcissist who wants his way all the time like a spoiled child, and who has driven an already teetering state over the cliff. So much for reform in Illinois politics.

I disagree, the prosecution has more than proved there case. Mr Levine's drug use has NOTHING to do with the FACTS or can change the facts. Hopefully Justice will be served ! ! ! !

I am sure the prosecution is confident they proved their case and Patrick Fitzgerald is probably taking advantage of this week off. The last time they gave Rezko a little rope he hung himself, all the people who put up their homes to get him out of jail were all on the Illinois government payroll with the acception of Alsammarae. There's no telling what Rezko will do with his week long vaction, run maybe.

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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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