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Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM
By Michael Tarm, AP

Cellini Defense Distances Powerbroker from Blagojevich

Trial of political power broker William Cellini recesses until next Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
By Ward Room Staff

William Cellini: Extortionist or Devoted Friend?

William Cellini: Extortionist or Devoted Friend?
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Trial of a man accused of extortion and using his political clout to influence government officials finally got underway Wednesday after more than two days of jury selection. Read »

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 9:31 AM
By Lisa Balde & Natalie Martinez

Last Blago-Connected Trial Set to Begin

Last Blago-Connected Trial Set to Begin
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William Cellini allegedly conspired with Tony Rezko and two others to shake down a Hollywood producer to contribute to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign. Read »

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