Rezko trial: Another Obama mention

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Defense lawyer Joseph Duffy is pulling out all the stops in trying to diffuse the government’s case against Tony Rezko.

- Duffy told jurors that Rezko probably did more fund-raising for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), President Bush and St. Jude’s children’s hospital in 2003 than he did for Gov. Blagojevich. That includes “a Barack Obama fund-raiser or two.” This isn’t the first time Duffy trotted out Obama’s name during the trial. He did the same thing during opening statements.

- Duffy took aim at former Illinois Finance Authority Executive Director Ali Ata, saying Ata over-hyped his relationship with Rezko and under-hyped it with the Blagojevich and Mell families. Ata didn’t need Rezko to get a state job, Duffy said, because he was so close to the governor and Patti Blagojevich’s father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd). “[Ata] could have gone and rang the doorbell at the governor’s house and probably gotten a hug from Patti,” Duffy said.

-Duffy on Blagojevich campaign contributions made by people who were appointed to posts on state boards and commissions: “They [prosecutors] want you to believe that people gave campaign contributions to get on boards that didn’t pay any money.”

-Duffy rebutting phone charts the government presented as evidence: “Mr. Rezko’s so-called political influence has been grossly, grossly overstated. How many phone calls did we have between Mr. Rezko and the governor? Remember that chart? It doesn’t exist.”

-- By Chris Fusco

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Duffy is trying to find one "obama" supporter...including the judge.

Not good enough Duffy!! Rezko is guilty,guilty, guilty!!! Ata already stated how peranoid Rezko was, of course he didn't call Blagojevich direct from his home phone, he probably had an untraseable go-phone. No rabbits here - go directly to jail - do not pass go - do not collect $200.

Like the ol' Saturday Night Live skit- "Acting"...

Some defense...

Also regarding the calls: haven't these guys ever heard of pre-paid cell phones. You can't trace them. Politicians and people who are suspect of the FBI say like, Rezko, Hurtgen and all the rest carry them. Oh yeah, so do drug dealers.

It should not amaze anyone that Duffy is now throwing Ata under a bus. That's consistent with the crowd they hang with: Obama, Wright, Blagojevich, Daley, Stroger,etc. The fault never lies with them, it's always someone else doing something behind their backs!They are always the innocent victims.

Here's a piece of trivia, since 1972, 1000 politicians and politically connected people have been CONVICTED of crimes in Illinois. They were all innocent too!!!!!!

It should not amaze anyone that Duffy is now throwing Ata under a bus. That's consistent with the crowd they hang with: Obama, Wright, Blagojevich, Daley, Stroger,etc. The fault never lies with them, it's always someone else doing something behind their backs!They are always the innocent victims.

Here's a piece of trivia, since 1972, 1000 politicians and politically connected people have been CONVICTED of crimes in Illinois. They were all innocent too!!!!!!

Don't worry , if Rezko goes to jail, Obama as President will get him out.

The statement that there are no phone calls between Rezko and Blago made me laugh. Of course not, his highness never speaks directly to the underlings. His people talk to them. Just like the old rhyme:

"Here's to the town of Boston
Land of the bean and the cod.
Where Lowells talk only to Cabots
And Cabots talk only to God."

Substitute Rezkos for Lowells and Blago for Cabots and you'll see where I'm coming from. Blago just wishes he was that high up ANY social ladder, like the Lowells and Cabots.

what about rezko and karl rove involvement with blagojevich whom stated he need some work for karl rove during the outing of the attorneys along with the same crime against don siegelman. itsnt ti funny how karl rove not repeatly being brought in the court room. no lets smear obama because well we republican has to stick together. but not this time the democratics cant wait until the republicans try to make hay out of this situation. LET THEM EAT CAKE karl rove name will appear in the blogs.

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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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