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Rezko ready to testify against Blagojevich
SunTimes ^ | 10-2-10 | Frank Main

Posted on 10/02/2010 9:39:12 AM PDT by STARWISE

TRIAL NO. 2 | Lawyer says ex-top adviser to gov 'willing and able' to talk -- but 'it's government's call to decide'

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Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a convicted former top adviser of Rod Blagojevich, is ready to testify at the former governor's upcoming federal corruption trial, Rezko's lawyer said Friday.

Rezko is "ready, willing and able to testify" against Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, defense attorney Joe Duffy said after a federal hearing where Rezko pleaded guilty to a new fraud charge.

"It's the government's call to decide" who to use as a witness, Duffy said. But Rezko would be a "formidable witness against both the governor and the first lady," he said.

A new trial for Blagojevich is tentatively scheduled for early next year.

The cornerstone of the government's case against Blagojevich involved allegations he schemed to enrich himself and his wife through selecting a successor for President Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Blagojevich was convicted in August of lying to investigators, but he faces trial on other counts the jury could not agree on. Patti Blagojevich has not been charged, but prosecutors alleged at Blagojevich's first trial that a Rezko business paid her tens of thousands of dollars in sham real estate consulting fees and commissions.

Rezko, 55, of Wilmette, was snagged in "Operation Board Games," the investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Blagojevich.

Rezko, a former fund-raiser for Blagojevich and Obama, was convicted at trial in 2008 of wide-ranging corruption involving state boards and commissions under Blagojevich. On Friday, he pleaded guilty to a loan-fraud scheme involving pizza restaurants he owned.

He has not been sentenced on either conviction. Prosecutors said he should face at least eight years in prison on the restaurant-related conviction.

Rezko appeared before U.S. District Judge James Zagel in an olive jail uniform with his ankles shackled. Courthouse observers said he has lost significant weight since his June 2008 conviction.

Rezko has been in federal custody since his conviction.

Also on Friday, in a separate matter, Zagel granted a request from the father-and-son legal team of Sam Adam Sr. and Sam Adam Jr. to let them off representing Blagojevich at his second trial. Zagel said the lawyers would have to appear for any hearing involving the former governor's first trial but were off the hook for the next one.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blagojevich; chicagoway; paytoplay; rezko

1 posted on 10/02/2010 9:39:18 AM PDT by STARWISE
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To: onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; ...

.. Chicago Way Ping!


2 posted on 10/02/2010 9:42:37 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Time for popvorn!


3 posted on 10/02/2010 9:54:40 AM PDT by Canedawg (... not digging this tyranny thing.)
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To: Canedawg; hoosiermama; maggief

Put plenty of beer or champagne on ice for me...LOL.


4 posted on 10/02/2010 9:59:26 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: STARWISE

Who says he is going to testify AGAINST the Governor?


5 posted on 10/02/2010 10:00:00 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: STARWISE

I saw your other ping about leg irons?


6 posted on 10/02/2010 10:00:53 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx; STARWISE

He’s also lost weight....Guess prison food doesn’t agree with him.


7 posted on 10/02/2010 10:04:10 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: glorgau

It really makes you wonder what is going on behind the scenes. Rezko went underground for awhile, didn’t he? At least during Blago’s first trial.

Now Rahm, another criminal mind, is back in Chicago.


8 posted on 10/02/2010 10:04:59 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: STARWISE
Rezko appeared before U.S. District Judge James Zagel in an olive jail uniform with his ankles shackled. Rezko has been in federal custody since his conviction.

Rezko is the guy that set up the sweetheart land deal for the Obama home/property in Chicago.

9 posted on 10/02/2010 10:11:22 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: onyx; hoosiermama; maggief; Liz; penelopesire; SE Mom; Velveeta

“It was Rezko’s first court appearance in months, and he appeared far thinner and more haggard then in the past.

He was brought into the courtoom wearing leg irons, orange sandals, and a prison uniform.

Rezko has been incarcerated since his conviction in June 2008 for influence-peddling in the Operation Board Games investigation.”

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/rezko-pleads-guilty-ready-to-testify-against-blago-20101001


10 posted on 10/02/2010 10:15:07 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE

Oh, prison food - the new diet rage!


11 posted on 10/02/2010 10:18:09 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: STARWISE; hoosiermama; maggief; Liz; penelopesire; SE Mom; Velveeta

Cute - sounds almost like some of MOOChelle’s fashions.


12 posted on 10/02/2010 10:19:26 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: STARWISE

13 posted on 10/02/2010 10:27:00 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: STARWISE

14 posted on 10/02/2010 10:31:15 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Super !!! (swiped .. ;)


15 posted on 10/02/2010 10:32:18 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
Rezko ready to testify against Blagojevich

This, FRiends and neighbors, is what I would suggest is behind Rahm Emanuel's sudden outing of his inner mayor. He's being dispatched to put his sinewy little fingers in the holes that are forming in the dyke holding back the reservoir of truth in Chicago.

16 posted on 10/02/2010 10:41:27 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (after your fifteen minutes are up you get a lifetime of ignominy.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

None of their sinister dealings and schemes
would be a surprise .. not with the Chicago Thug
Machine.


17 posted on 10/02/2010 11:08:46 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: onyx

LOL !!


18 posted on 10/02/2010 11:21:34 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: onyx; maggief; hoosiermama; Liz; Velveeta; penelopesire; SE Mom; All

9-27-10: Citadel Executive Is the New Owner of Rezko’s Former Home

List Price: $3.587 million
Sale Price: $3.701 million

The Property: The 30-room Wilmette mansion where the now-imprisoned political wheeler-dealer Tony Rezko threw fundraisers for Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich is undergoing renovations by its new owners, Dan Johnson, the managing director of Citadel Investment Group, and his wife, Katherine “Katsy” Johnson, an artist.

The couple bought the house from Bank of America last March through a trust that does not identify them in public records. I only learned their names last week. My source asked not to be identified because of personal relationships with the new owners.

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Price Points:

The Rezkos bought the house in 1999 for $1.9 million. According to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, they took out a $5.15 million mortgage on the property from LaSalle Bank in September 2003. Three years later, LaSalle Bank began foreclosure proceedings; Bank of America inherited the Rezkos’ 2003 mortgage when it acquired LaSalle Bank in 2007.

In August 2009, Intercounty Judicial Sales Corp. held an auction for the house but got no bids. Bank of America then listed the house for sale conventionally in February, with an asking price of $3,587,900. The sale to the Johnsons closed March 22nd.

The fact that the house was sold for more than the bank was asking suggests that there were multiple bids, but Lynn Dahl, one of the listing agents, did not respond to my request for confirmation

19 posted on 10/02/2010 11:30:38 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: onyx; maggief; Liz; hoosiermama; SE Mom; penelopesire; Velveeta; All
Citadel, a hedge-fund firm based in Chicago, was a wellspring of cash for Mr. Obama. In addition to the $4,600 he collected from Mr. Griffin — the maximum donation allowed from an individual — other Citadel employees donated a combined $147,550 to Mr. Obama’s campaign, according to the Associated Press.


20 posted on 10/02/2010 12:06:06 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: BunnySlippers
Rezko went underground for awhile, didn’t he?

He is being held underground.

21 posted on 10/02/2010 12:22:17 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: STARWISE

VP Agnew was taken down by corruption which occured PRIOR to his becoming Vice President.

Just saying.....


22 posted on 10/02/2010 2:52:15 PM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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To: STARWISE

IN other news Himmler has said that he WILL testify against Patin.


23 posted on 10/02/2010 4:13:05 PM PDT by eleni121 (http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/memoryof.htm)
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To: STARWISE

not Patin...Petain the vichy guy.


24 posted on 10/02/2010 4:14:49 PM PDT by eleni121 (http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/memoryof.htm)
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To: onyx
[Oh, prison food - the new diet rage!]

When Jimmy Hoffa went into federal prison he began a daily regimen of diet and exercise. When released Hoffa could do 50 push-ups non-stop and his Type 2 diabetes had gone into remission. Rezko may be dieting and exercising.

25 posted on 10/03/2010 8:37:27 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee; STARWISE

Well, I suppose that’s possible and we didn’t get a look a Rezko.


26 posted on 10/03/2010 1:42:10 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: STARWISE

.....Rezko has been in federal custody since his conviction.....

Federal custody or witness protection


27 posted on 10/03/2010 1:46:15 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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