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Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Cellini Loses Motion for New Trial

Cellini Loses Motion for New Trial

Will a juror's past get convicted Illinois power broker William Cellini a new trial? Judge James Zagel, the same judge who resided over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trials, makes his decision Tuesday... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Cellini's Motion for New Trial Denied

Cellini's Motion for New Trial Denied

Days after Illinois power broker was found guilty of conspiracy to commit extortion and aiding and abetting bribery, it was revealed a juror had failed to disclose two felony convictions. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Tribune Wants Judge to Open Cellini Hearing

Tribune Wants Judge to Open Cellini Hearing

The Chicago Tribune is asking Judge James Zagel to open a Friday hearing regarding a juror with a felony record in the trial of William Cellini. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Cellini May Get New Trial

Cellini May Get New Trial

Judge James Zagel calls for evidentiary hearing to see if juror who failed to disclose felonies was biased. Read »

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Bad Juror Opens Door to Cellini Mistrial

Attorney Dan Webb said Friday he will ask in a motion for mistrial, to be filed Monday, that the two “not guilty” verdicts stand and the two “guilty” verdicts be vacated on the basis that the jury had an... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Cellini Praised, But Mostly Buried

Cellini Praised, But Mostly Buried

Among political commentators, former Gov. Jim Edgar is alone in questioning William Cellini's conviction. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Cellini Guilty of Extortion, Aiding Bribery

Jurors on Tuesday found clout-heavy millionaire William Cellini guilty of conspiracy to commit extortion and aiding and abetting bribery. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the conviction "sends a very, very... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:22 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Jurors to Get Cellini Case Wednesday

Jurors to Get Cellini Case Wednesday
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The prosecution and the defense on Tuesday addressed jurors for a total of nearly six hours in a federal courtroom in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Oct 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM
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By Michael Tarm, AP

Cellini Trial Witness: Drugs May Have Hurt Memory

Stuart Levine conceded he sometimes has difficulty remembering things and chalked that up to his possible decades of drug use. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Jurors Hear Wiretaps With Levine on Stand

Jurors hearing the trial of a longtime Illinois powerbroker on Thursday listened to secretly-recorded FBI wiretaps allegedly describing backroom deals to squeeze a movie producer for a political contribution. Read »

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