FBI Special Agent Daniel Cain finishes a story we heard earlier in the trial about former Ald. William Singer.
Star witness and proficient cooperator Stuart Levine was asked to wear a wire on Singer and secretly record him regarding a questionable deal involving the sale of a Gold Coast property. Previously, defense lawyers elicited from Levine that he shut off the recording in early 2006. They hinted that maybe Levine turned off his recorder on purpose because he was still owed money in the deal.
But Cain said the recording did happen.
He concluded Levine accidentally shut off one device -- the one in his pocket. But a second device, in Levine's pants, did record the conversation. Singer was never charged in the case -- but Vrdolyak was charged after Levine recorded him.
Levine's explanation for shutting off the device involved his wearing an Armani suit coat, which had a button in the pocket.
"He did mention an Armani button, he did mention the pocket. He said he was fidgeting with that pocket," Cain told Rezko lawyer Joseph Duffy.
Duffy asked Cain if he recalled any other cooperator blaming a faulty recording on an Armani button?
Cain smirked: "No."
At another point, Duffy who charged hard at Cain, accused him of protecting Levine: “Sir, you’re mincing words with me to protect Mr. Levine." Cain denied it.