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Jurors to Get Cellini Case Wednesday

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    Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Wednesday morning a shakedown case against clout-heavy millionaire William Cellini.

    The prosecution and the defense on Tuesday addressed jurors for a total of nearly six hours in a federal courtroom in Chicago.

    Prosecutors reiterated that Cellini wasn't an "accidental extortionist." He knowingly and willingly tried to get campaign cash from a Hollywood producer, they said.

    Cellini's defense said he was only acting as a friend, and called the government's star witness a "whack job."

    Judge James Zagel didn't read instructions to jurors after the closings wrapped up in the evening. That's typically the last business before jurors withdraw to begin discussing a verdict.

    Jurors will have to determine whether or not prosecutors proved Cellini conspired with three other men to shake down the producer of "Million Dollar Baby " for a $1.5 million campaign contribution to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.