William Cellini trial update October 11, 2011, Cellini trial coverage from Natasha Korecki of Chicago SunTimes

William Cellini trial update October 11, 2011, Cellini trial coverage from Natasha Korecki of Chicago SunTimes

From the Chicago Tribune October 11, 2011.

“An Illinois powerbroker on trial for attempted extortion complained that then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s confidants were too overt about seeking benefits from state decisions and should follow the example he set during his decades close to the reins of power, a witness told jurors Tuesday.

The testimony came as prosecutors laid out their case in the week-old trial of millionaire businessman William Cellini. He is accused of conspiring with Blagojevich insiders Tony Rezko and Chris Kelly to shake down the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” for a $1.5 million campaign contribution to Blagojevich.

Cellini, now 76, arrived late at one meeting in Chicago in February 2004, visibly agitated as he described a recent encounter with Rezko and Kelly, according to witness Steven Loren. Loren is a former attorney for the $30 billion Teachers’ Retirement System, which is central to the case against Cellini.

Cellini grumbled that the Blagojevich confidants “were moving too fast, they were going to get themselves in trouble,” Loren told jurors.

Once known as the King of Clout for the influence he wielded in Illinois politics going back to the 1960s, Cellini said Rezko and Kelly should follow the example he set over a 30-year span close to top-tier Illinois decision makers, and “stay out of the limelight” and “above the fray,” Loren testified.

Cellini, whose trial entered a second week on Tuesday, allegedly plotted with Rezko and Kelly to squeeze Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg by threatening to yank $220 million in Teachers’ Retirement System funds from Rosenberg’s investment company unless he came up with the donation.”
“Much of Loren’s testimony Tuesday drew on his interactions with Stuart Levine, a TRS board member at the time and another figure in the alleged conspiracy who is expected to take the stand later.

During cross examination, defense attorney Dan Webb sought to hit at the trustworthiness of Levine, who admitted on the stand at another trial that he abused cocaine and other drugs — sometimes at marathon parties.

“You do know that he had a habit of lying to you, is that correct?” Webb asked Loren about Levine, pacing across the courtroom floor and raising his voice slightly. The judge sustained a prosecution objection before Loren could respond.”

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    By J.B. Williams
    WorldNetDaily Commentary
    © 2011
    October 10, 2011


    “Then came those damned birthers:

    Enter a class of self-appointed investigative reporters who would simply not let it go until they got to the bottom of it all. Who this man was, where he came from, what he really had in store for America and what to do about it … these were questions some simply had to find an answer for, and they did.

    * Obama’s DNC Certifications: FRAUD
    * his first birth certificate (COLB): FRAUD
    * his second birth certificate (COLB): FRAUD
    * his third birth certificate (long form): FRAUD
    * his childhood records: GONE
    * his adoption records: GONE
    * his college records: GONE
    * his travel records: GONE
    * his Social Security number(s): FRAUD
    * his story – won’t add up
    * his friends – crooks, thugs and socialists
    * even his claim to be a “black man” is false”


    “Quoting directly from the document:

    “An undisclosed number of American Veterans and former service members have come together to prepare and present this Call-to-Action on behalf of the U.S. Constitution, the Republic, the Rule of Law and equal justice for all freedom loving citizens of the United States of America. Acting together as one, via The Veteran Defenders of America, co-sponsored by civilian patriot group The United States Patriots Union, LLC – we issue the following CALL for peaceful disobedience.”

    The document cites numerous violations of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and more than 60 criminal acts by the Obama administration and members of Congress.

    The Veteran Defenders are also calling for “the immediate and unconditional orderly resignation of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and the entire Obama Cabinet,” among others, and a nationwide patriot March on D.C. on Nov. 11, 2011 – Veterans Day, to demand the immediate restoration of our constitutional republic.

    The exploited kids involved in the Democratic Socialist March on Wall Street are clueless. Coincidentally, the Democratic Socialists are holding their annual convention in D.C. beginning Nov. 11, in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Vienna, Va.”

    Read More Here: “How A Fraud Was Elected President” http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=354285#ixzz1aW6GnV3n

    * * * *



    By Bob Unruh
    © 2011 WND
    October 9, 2011


    “Barack Obama may have 15 months left in his first term, but his supporters in Congress are already preparing for the day he’ll be an ex-president by introducing legislation that will allow him to keep his personal and presidential documents secret.

    According to Judicial Watch, the Washington-based government corruption fighting organization, the proposal by Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York’s 10th District is “an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama.”

    Read More Here: “Dems Want Door Slammed On More Of Obama’s Records” http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=353069#ixzz1aW416yNA

    * * * *


    By Rick Moran
    October 11, 2011

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    By James Lewis
    October 10, 2011

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    Savage: No Valid Obama Birth Certificate; Social Security Number From State He Never Lived In

    From: http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=26415

  3. A Comment From:

    “Bridgette | October 9, 2011 at 2:37 am

    A Message from a Reader.

    REPORT SS FRAUD!!! I’ve filled one out, it takes like 10 minutes, MAYBE if they get a couple thousand SSN fraud tips, one honest man/woman will do something.

    Remember Obama’s SS # 042-68-4425.


    SSA Public Fraud Reporting Form http:// http://www.socialsecurity.gov

    From: http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/marxism-in-america-open-thread/#comments

  4. Van Jones Media Mouthpiece Caught Taking Russian Cash
    By Cliff Kincaid – October 6, 2011

    Progressive TV and radio star Thom Hartmann took time off from covering Van Jones and his “Rebuild the Dream” movement on Wednesday to briefly talk to this columnist about his relationship with the Vladimir Putin regime of Russia. The conversation quickly went sour when Hartmann objected to questions about how much he is being paid by Moscow.


  5. By the proseuction putting on Loren they are trying to reinforce Stuart Levines testimony…When Loren had very little contact with Cellini…Rezko was not convicted on Rosenburgs accusations of a shake-down and Rosenburg even testified that Celline NEVER asked him for any money…add to all this Chris Kelly being dead (charges dropped), Blago not cooperating, and we all know they will never let Rezko testify…This trial is a joke!

  6. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Anyone watching the debate? I found it livestream here –


  7. Mr. Bill(ms. helga) | October 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm |

    It’s on Bloomberg

    When is Rick Perry going to showup ?

    999 is not a Pizza , LOL

    I wish somebody would point out that 999 will get turned into 20 20 20 when DC get’s hold of it.

    Good debate so far

  8. Mitt just called Charlie Rose, Cliff, LOL

  9. Cain wants to raise the price of Beer by 9%

  10. Candidates question each other
    Circular firing squad, let’s see who’s left standing.
    IMO, Bachmann and Romney have been scoring all the points so far.
    Perry seems lost.I was expecting more.

  11. My husband says Romney is running away with it. They certainly are spending much more time on Romney. Cain has gotten some good lines in, but Santorum and Bachmann have gotten some good lines in against Cain. Perry isn’t getting much time. I don’t see how Perry can come back if he’s depending on this debate. I think Romney/Cain would be an excellent ticket, but I’m open to others too.

  12. Tina

    Your husband is right, Romney is on top of his game. I’m not keeping track of time, but I suspect he has had the most.

    Cain slamming Ron Paul!

  13. Pat 1789 | October 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    Romney is on top of his game.
    If one likes Romney, he is “smooth”. If one distrusts Romney, he is “slick”.
    Just a thought.

  14. The win goes to Romney
    The overall loser was Perry, sad to say.

  15. “The Birther Summit at Values Voter Summit – Erik Rush”

    “When The Bough Breaks”
    by Martha Trowbridge
    Research Copyright © 2011 Martha Trowbridge and Erik Rush.

    “A photo in Muhammad Speaks places Stanley Ann Dunham and Baby Barack at Malcolm X’s Nation Of Islam Annual Rally in Chicago, Illinois. Allegedly taken on 23 February 1962, the date is coincident with Stanley Ann’s alleged enrollment at The University Of Washington in Seattle.”


  16. Pat 1789 | October 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    Cain wants to raise the price of Beer by 9%
    Pat 1789, I believe that the idea is that by cutting payroll and income tax expense on businesses, the prices of goods can be lowered and competition will also come into play. Therefore, even with the 9% national sales tax, the overall cost of consumer goods will be less, whether it is bread or beer. That is apparently the thinking behind the 9-9-9.

  17. Cabby, I agree and keep trying to convince others of that. From manufacturer to store shelf, just think of every tax added along the way. The base cost will be substantially lower to begin with. The fear everyone has is once a new “federal” sales tax is implemented (whether base cost goes down or not) it will never leave. And the plan must be where the next administration or congress can’t change back.

  18. As a small business owner, I can confirm that taxes kill jobs. The more taxes, the harder it is to make a living for the owner and hire more people.

  19. Good Morning!

    Here is an excellent article in American Thinker by Lloyd Marcus. I really like him. I’m real close to chosing Cain as the candidate to send my small contribution.


  20. Good morning Zach, et al.

  21. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Zach – Me too. Herman will be interviewed this am(9AM-ET) on MSNBC by Chuck Todd. I find Todd to be very fair of all the MSM. Because “Ratings” is all that matters and Herman is a Ratings Generator, it is obvious he is creating interest. They are definitely afraid of him and you can tell by their(MSM) constant harping on “999” sounding like a Nazi saying “Nein,Nein,Nein”. Then you add M. Bachman saying “you turn 999 upside down and you will see the devil in the details”.
    I wish sometimes he would run on the Constitutional Party.

  22. I think M. Bachman did not do herself any favors attacking Mr. Cain with her mark of the beast reference. Seems like bad form to me.

  23. Wells- OT question here: The Iranian Complaint mentions “in or about the spring of 2011” several times (the Iranian uprising ended April 15th)
    Why is it a crime for Blago to just think about doing something, but the Iranian didn’t complete the crime until after the money was transferred?

  24. Rebel.
    Still watching Iranian controversy.
    Blago did more than think about corruption. He was in the thick of it.
    So was Obama.

  25. Another purpose of a 9% national consumption tax is that it forces the 20+ million illegal aliens to contribute.

  26. Gordo….I’m sold that Obama is the offspring of Malcom X……BUT

    That still doesn’t make him a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN…remember he was adopted by Lola Sotoro and became a citizen of Indonesia.

    Perhaps thats why everyone in a position to do something about this fraud…says to know the truth about this BUM would be an “embarassment” to him.

    The TRUTH will come out.

  27. My point is Blago was convicted based on his phone calls. Using Fitzgerald’s logic, the Iranian could have been picked up last Spring. That might have helped the Iranian protesters. I mean, IF Obama actually wanted to help the protesters.

  28. Leo Donofrio’s article is excellent.

  29. What will OB do after news of this Iranian plan to kill a Saudi in DC; send more greetings to Iran? That was so useful the last time around.


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