William Cellini trial jury, How Stuart Levine a thief and con man became star witness, Where is Tony Rezko?

William Cellini trial jury, How Stuart Levine a thief and con man became star witness, Where is Tony Rezko?

“Why was Obama promoting Capri Capital and other investment firms at the same time that Rezko, Levine and Cellini were shaking them down?”…Citizen Wells

“Why was Tony Rezko’s sentencing delayed?”…Citizen Wells

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

Here is another example of why “WE” is capitalized in Citizen WElls. From Commenter and astute observer of Chicago corruption, Bessie, at 10:40 AM.

“In today’s SunTimes there is a propaganda article spoon fed by the
prosecution their justification for choosing Stuart Levine…No mention
of how Tony Rezko would make a better witness, having never been a
drug addict, nor did he ever rip off close friends estate, or have
affairs on his wife with multiple male companions, or suffer long term
brain damage from over 30 years of drug use. They planted this piece
in the weekend paper hoping the jury would read it…and we are suppose
to trust the U.S. Attorney’s office?

Tony Rezko and his partner Daniel T. Frawley will be sentenced
November 22 and 23rd, the day before Thanks Giving, hoping no one will
cover or notice…They think they can sweep these two under the rug and
no one will notice….We should let them know we are WATCHING we are
paying attention and they could sentence them on Christmas day and we
will be there.”

From the Chicago SunTimes October 30, 2011.

“How Stuart Levine — a thief and con man — became star witness”

“To most people, Stuart Levine probably appears unassuming enough.

At 65, he works at a kiosk in a suburban shopping mall selling
electronic cigarettes.

But if the man helping bring down some of the most powerful people in
the state hoped to disappear into suburban obscurity, that hasn’t
quite happened.

Some days while behind that kiosk, the former Highland Park resident
once worth $70 million gets hecklers.

Those are the people who recognize the now minimum-wage-earning
Levine, having had a glimpse of his lurid history, painstakingly laid
bare in public twice after Levine has spent parts of 21 days
testifying in two high-profile criminal trials in Chicago.

He most recently sat as the star witness in the federal trial of
Springfield power broker William Cellini.

If Cellini is convicted, the much-reviled Levine will have been
central to sending some of the most prominent and back-room politicos
to prison. That includes Tony Rezko, a onetime political fund-raiser
to Barack Obama. Levine was the star witness in Rezko’s 2008 trial,
which led to his conviction.

Levine wore a wire against Ed Vrdolyak, a onetime alderman and
behind-the-scenes political force for decades. Vrdolyak ended up
pleading guilty to taking part in a $1.5 million bribery scheme.

Then there’s former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose corruption
investigation stemmed from a probe into corruption involving state
boards that blossomed with Levine. Once he flipped, Levine spent years
getting debriefed by various teams of federal agents and prosecutors.

“This was a massive undertaking,” said Levine’s lawyer, Jeffrey
Steinback, of his client’s role in cooperating since 2004. “You’re
talking about analyzing activities of the entire state government and
having to understand who and what and how it worked and figuring out
from the government’s standpoint who was culpable and who wasn’t.””

“Defense lawyers have repeatedly lambasted the government for pitting
Levine, someone who has admitted to conning people out of millions of
dollars, against defendants who aren’t accused of pocketing any money.

Webb noted Levine spent the better part of his adult life committing
reprehensible crimes, then pointed to an on-screen timeline: the
evidence tied to the criminal allegations against Cellini spanned just
a few days in May of 2004.

“Levine is a whack-job. Okay?” Webb told them.

In his 2008 closing argument, Rezko’s attorney, Joseph Duffy, said
Levine had spent decades living a double-life and fooling the world.
It didn’t end when he faced natural life in prison with no possibility
of parole after admitting to all of his crimes, Duffy argued.

“They are trained to suspect deception, and he conned them,” Duffy
said of the government. “He got the better of them, and he got his
deal.”

Levine’s deal calls for a prison term of five years, seven months.”

“But there’s another side of the story, prosecutors say: there are few
“choir boys” that can expose Illinois’ odorous underworld.

“Flippers like Levine, you don’t see them too often. He’s an anomaly,”
said former federal prosecutor Jeff Cramer. “The government would have
preferred to have put an honest man on the stand. The problem is that
defendants who are on tape trying to extort money never conspire with
honest men.””
“Testimony at trial showed Levine routinely schemed for kickbacks while
serving on state boards, including the Teachers’ Retirement System. In
2004, when he left the board, he didn’t give the real reason: the FBI
had come knocking on his door and played tapes of him secretly
scheming to make kickbacks off board business.”

http://www.suntimes.com/8479435-417/how-stuart-levine-a-thief-and-con-man-became-star-witness.html

Why call Tony Rezko as a witness?

He was only mentioned 75 times in the Cellini indictment and has no drug issues.

He knows everything about corruption in Chicago or as someone stated “He knows where all the bodies are.”

Oops, that may be a problem for you know who.

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41 responses to “William Cellini trial jury, How Stuart Levine a thief and con man became star witness, Where is Tony Rezko?

  1. OT but good news.

    Global Warming — RIP? – Victor Davis Hanson
    The issue seems deader than a doornail.

    Not long ago, candidate Obama promised to cool the planet and lower the rising seas. Indeed, he campaigned on passing “cap-and-trade” legislation, a radical, costly effort to reduce America’s traditional carbon energy use.
    The theory was that new taxes and greater regulations would make Americans pay more for fossil-fuel energy — a good thing if it reduced our burning of coal, oil, and gas. Obama was not shy in admitting that under his green plans, electricity prices would “necessarily skyrocket.” His energy secretary, Steven Chu, at one point even said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” — that is, about $8–10 per gallon. Fairly or not, the warming movement appeared to be a tiny elite attempting to impose costs on a poorer and supposedly less informed middle class. Read more…
    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/

  2. CW………………
    Do you suppose that the Soetoro goon squad finally decided to take out Rezko? Easy enough to do…..even in the slammer! All you need is somebody on the inside who enjoys some extra money from time to time,and don’t care what they have to do to get the money! The Clintons are EXPERTS AT THIS SORT OF THING! Does the name McDougal have any significance?

  3. Perhaps Rezko is being held “incommunicado”,because Soetoro knows that such a NUT might crack wide open given the right set of circumstances. Again I mention Jim McDougal………when a live talking machine develops problems it is likely to say about ANYTHING! Perhaps even the WRONG THING! UHH OH MIDNIGHT RAID,and LETHAL DRUG INJECTION.

  4. Keep an eye on Hillary,she can organise a hit squad in 10 seconds flat,or put out a contract on somebody in even less time! Rezko should really biting his nails……..if he is still able to.

  5. MMMMSSSSS.IMPORTANT (Jarrett) could easily know exactly where REZKO is,as well as his status(living or DEAD). Both Rezko and Jarrett are bound by a common birthplace………IRAN.

  6. Look hard at what the SLIMEY LIBERALS have done to the WH.,and all that it stands for. Now they have DELIBERATELY placed a criminal,and his GUN MOLL, in the highest office in our country,who now are within a fraction of an inch of taking complete dictatorial control of the US. Example (Hugo Chavez, and Fidel Castro.). Then the COWARDS, WEAKLINGS, ILLITERATES, UNION GOONS,DRUGHEADS, and other assorted crazies among us DON’T even GIVE A DAMN. They think it is GREAT!

  7. BYE BYE ………Time to crawl back under my rock!

  8. Oldsalt79, et al.
    Rezko will be sentenced in less than a month.
    They probably have a deal.
    Will either side break that deal?

  9. Des Moines Register/Selzer & Co. Iowa 2012 GOP Caucus Survey Herman Cain 23% (10%) Mitt Romney 22% (23%) Ron Paul 12% (7%) Michele Bachmann 8% (22%) Newt Gingrich 7% (7%) Rick Perry 7% Rick Santorum 5% (4%) Jon Huntsman 1% (2%) Survey of 400 likely Republican caucus-goers was conducted October 23-26, 2011. The margin of error is +/- 4.9 percentage points. Results from the poll conducted June 19-22, 2011 are in parentheses.

  10. They’ll Come for Your Guns

    “MOUTHPIECES FOR THE ENEMY”

    by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet

    Henry David Thoreau believed that man should not allow government to “atrophy their consciences” (Wikipedia)

    (Oct. 30, 2011) — If I remember correctly, it went way beyond “Spare me the do-gooders.” I think Thoreau said that he’d also run and hide, pretend he wasn’t at home, none of this “Dave’s not here;” he didn’t want any contact with a do-gooder irrespective of the circumstances. And for good reason.. You see, the actions of do-gooders, even though they THINK they mean well, cause dire consequences and can have lasting devastating effects. World wars and calamity beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations can be either attributed directly or indirectly to do-gooders.

    Today’s example of a do-gooder is someone who professes to support Socialism. Now, we all know that anybody who has lived under the yoke of Socialism knows that it’s a horrible existence, and while they were suffering under socialism, all they could think about was getting out of it. But American do-gooders are handicapped from suffering a second-rate education thanks to the Teachers Union and Affirmative Action, a prime example of do-gooder payback. You see, rather than make the effort to increase minorities’ knowledge so they were able to compete equally intellectually, the standards for all were lowered for expediency. The end result? Young people were shortchanged education wise, and all America suffers for it. Read more.http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/10/30/theyll-come-for-your-guns/

  11. Heil, Obama: Is This America’s Future?

    “A CONSPIRATORIAL PLAN”

    by Bob Russell, blogging at Patriot Action Network

    (Oct. 30, 2011) — We are finding the anointed one, Barak Obama, gaining confidence in his ability to circumvent the Constitution and Congress to implement any rule he desires. In the last week he has gone on the campaign trail, at taxpayer expense of course, to tell We the People that if Congress is reticent in its willingness to implement the changes he wants that he will do it by executive order, in spite of what the Constitution says. He first suggested he would bypass Congress to implement new home loan guarantees backed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, at the expense of We the People of course, and now has floated the idea that he will minimize payment requirements or forgive student loans by executive order. Of course, when you get to the meat of the student loan idea it turns out to be a lie to deceive them. Obama wants to bypass Congress to get the support of these student loan people but not really help them when the rubber meets the road.

    I find it alarming that Obama sees himself as the only arbiter of law in the United States, and that he believes he can totally bypass Congress and implement anything he wants to implement. Does anyone besides me see any similarities to despots around the world, past and present? Obama’s own party has refused to consider his “jobs bill”, and they aren’t likely to jump into the middle of this rerun of the housing problem this close to an election. I believe that Democrats in Congress, or at least most of them, see the handwriting on the wall and fear another shellacking like 2010 coming. Have you noticed there are no sponsors of this “jobs bill” in either house of Congress, not even from Democrats? If the Republicans, who only have 47 votes in the Senate, are willing to vote on Obama’s “jobs bill” why doesn’t Harry Reid bring it to the floor for that vote? Could it be that Reid doesn’t want to put Democrats on the spot, knowing that this tax hike disguised as a “jobs bill” is a disaster waiting to happen?Read more…
    http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/10/30/heil-obama-is-this-america%e2%80%99s-future/

  12. http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/10/jay-lenos-wife-the-quran-is-more-liberal-with-women-than-the-bible.html

    Jay Leno’s wife: “The Qur’an is more liberal with women than the Bible”

  13. Whistleblower

    CW
    Again, you are right on target. Keep up the good work.

    Chicago Media’s Complicity in Nationalizing Illinois’ Pay to Play

    http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2011/10/30/chicago-media’s-complicity-in-nationalizing-illinois’-pay-to-play/

  14. I SEE The Future And It Is Murder

    I SEE THE FUTURE AND IT IS MURDER

    The Mockingbird Sings: Desperate Obama and the Coming False Flags
    Article written by DR. Kate at drkatesview.wordpress.com

    The Communist have coveted the power of America for so many years, that when they finally obtained it through stealth theft by usurpation by Obama, they became intoxicated. Dr. Kate is quite correct by saying in essence they will do anything to keep it.

    When they chose the Obamas to be their puppet figure heads, they truly believed the Obamas were so cute and charming that Americans would simply coo and awe over the darling couple and forgive the questions of his eligibility while they overtly dismantled America. One of the X factors they never anticipated that came forward was the Tea Party. They also didn’t anticipate the monumental challenge to his birth certificate and other documents. That challenge and the Tea Party have been the fly in their ointment ever since. The pressures this has caused for the usurper assassin have pushed them into a corner. That makes them extremely dangerous.

    The creating and funding of OWS that appears to have world wide sympathy is being paid for by our tax money stolen from America by Obama. The well organized global protest, though kept secret– is Muslim coperation organized. This entire protest with its fake grievances and phony purpose is a false flag–as already mentioned. It also is more. It is a red flag to America that they are planning something far worse for middle America. They are planning to remove us from our homes, confiscate our real and personal property, and ultimately murder us. The proof of this is in Janet Napolitano’s Homeland Security Report that was issued to police captains across America in early 2009. In it she names us as the home land terrorists-by calling those who believe too much in the Constitution terrorists. That report has set up the legalization for them to shoot us on site if they claim we are too unruly in public or whatever. It may also legitimize entering our homes and seizing property without a search warrant.

    The second red flag as what they will do if we fail to get the assassination usurper and his gang out, are the FEMA camps. We need to learn more and expose them. Why are they there? Why so many?

    The third red flag regarding Obama’s Marxists plans for us, is the corruption of the entire judicial system starting with Elena Kagen, Sonia Sotomayer and the rest of the Supreme court dishonorables. This goes along with all the people in power and with power who have looked the other way and have done nothing. You can be certain when the genocide begins, they won’t be the ones sent to a FEMA camp. They will be the one who knew they were guilty the first time they senteced an innocent man.

    For the first time in my life I live in daily fear of what is going to happen to us in America. I keep asking–where can I run.

  15. Jay Leno’s wife: “The Qur’an is more liberal with women than the Bible”

    And that, folks, really does show someone’s ignorance.

  16. usapatriots-shout | October 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    For the first time in my life I live in daily fear of what is going to happen to us in America. I keep asking–where can I run.
    ***********************************************************

  17. How soon until these, “goodies” find their way into Gaza? Not to worry though, the U.N. will be there in a week, or so. http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2011/10/30/8552081-libyas-pm-confirms-presence-of-chemical-weapons

  18. Politico Breaking News: Herman Cain Exposed!

    POLITICO Breaking News
    ————————————————-
    POLITICO EXCLUSIVE: During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

    The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association.

    Cain declined to respond directly to the allegations.

    For more information… http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67194.html

  19. 6 hours ago
    Ron Paul wins both tallies at GOP straw poll in Iowa
    Posted by

    CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis

    Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Ron Paul has won two separate tallies for the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Straw Poll.

    Paul won both the Iowa-voters-only count at the Saturday convention in Des Moines as well as a tally of non-Iowans who participated.

    In the Iowa voters result, Paul took 82%. Following him were Herman Cain with 14.7%, Rick Santorum with 1%, Newt Gingrich with 0.9%, Michele Bachmann with 0.5%, Rick Perry with 0.5%, Gary Johnson with 0.2%, with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman 0%.

    The total number of votes cast in that tally was 430.

    In the tally of non-Iowans who voted, Paul won 26% followed by Cain at 25%, Perry and Santorum tied at 16%, Gingrich at 11%, Bachmann at 6%, Romney at 1%, and Huntsman and Johnson with 0%.

    The total number of votes cast in that count was 101.

    Though Paul won both tallies, the NFRA has not yet officially endorsed a candidate. Delegates to the convention will decide that later Saturday.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/29/ron-paul-wins-both-tallies-at-gop-pres-straw-poll-in-iowa/

  20. Paul wins yet another straw poll
    By NBC’s Alex Moe and Domenico Montanaro

    Congressman Ron Paul won yet another straw poll today, receiving an astounding 82% of the Iowan-only vote at National Federation of Republican Assemblies first ever-presidential straw poll.
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/29/8539644-paul-wins-yet-another-straw-poll

  21. Critical Split: Sharia breeds anger in Germany

  22. Trump on CNN Peirce Morgan, discussing eligibilty.

  23. CNN positive RP coverage
    THE RESILIENCE OF RON PAUL

  24. Weetie. Promote your candidate all you want here. But please refrain from this msm attempt to take down a good man in Herman Cain. As ab executive he is vulnerable to all sorts of accusations. Those were from 15 years ago and settled. If he made a mistake, that is a shame, but pushing this is very telling. Ron Paul is kit going to win the primary so your attempts at smearing the other candidates is futile.

  25. Paul camp responds to Cain story — by hitting him on bailouts, the Fed

    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 10/30/11 9:02 PM EDT

    Ron Paul’s presidential campaign is the first to respond to POLITICO’s story this evening detailing accusations of inappropriate behavior made against Herman Cain when he headed the National Restaurant Association.

    Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton criticized Cain in an email for being soft on the Fed and supporting the 2008 bank bailouts — but didn’t comment directly on the allegations against Cain.
    Continue Reading

    “We plan to beat Herman Cain on the issues, like his support for TARP and his cozy relationship with the Federal Reserve, not by assaulting his character,” Benton told POLITICO.

    Each of Cain’s rivals has to decide whether to go after him for the allegations of personal misconduct, or to let the story take its toll without any help from them. Paul is apparently choosing Door No. 2.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67199.html#ixzz1cJtiXVtR

  26. Kittykat……………………..
    I agree with you! Ignorant,or just plain STUPID?

  27. It is really a SAD STATE of affairs when allegedly civilised people try to use personal inuendo,plain BS in their efforts to win the American vote. Speaking for myself that sort of thing only TURNS ME away from the person using all of the crap,because it also tells me that they have nothing of true value to present to the voters otherwise they wouldn’t need to sling BS,and antiquated information. We have a classic case of this same thing presently being done by our MORON LIBERAL mayor. He has in effect signed his own political death warrant.

  28. smoke and mirrors trial nothing to see here move along son

  29. obama wont be touch to many things in motion will happen if he is

  30. CW……………
    Do you think that Rezko WILL show up for sentencing,or will it be POSTPONED again. If that NUT decides to crack open my guess is that it could easily add a hell of a list of criminal activities by Soetoro to the already lengthy list of crimes perpetrated by Soetoro in the past. I am hoping that Rezko will roll over on Soetoro, for a substantial reduction of his sentence. This could easily be a REASON why he has been out of sight lately.

  31. Could that be called “sentence bargaining”?

  32. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67194.html

    Cain said he has “had thousands of people working for me” at different businesses over the years and could not comment “until I see some facts or some concrete evidence.” His campaign staff was given the name of one woman who complained last week, and it was repeated to Cain on Sunday. He responded, “I am not going to comment on that.”

    He was then asked, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?”

    Cain said he has “had thousands of people working for me” at different businesses over the years and could not comment “until I see some facts or some concrete evidence.” His campaign staff was given the name of one woman who complained last week, and it was repeated to Cain on Sunday. He responded, “I am not going to comment on that.”

    He was then asked, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67194.html#ixzz1cKQ9WUYM

  33. The Romney slime machine has taken down Rick Fairy, Sarah Palin and now Herman Cain.
    Ron Paul took himself out years ago.
    I guess Gingrich is next in line.
    Of course, don’t expect him to aim the slightest criticism at “Obama”.

  34. Joseph Farah:

    “Have you heard the latest from the Republican Party elite?

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are warning the Republican presidential contenders to avoid any distractions from Barack Obama’s political record – distractions like his character, his concealment of virtually all meaningful records about his past and even whether he is eligible under the Constitution to serve as president.

    Those little distractions.

    “Republican candidates should categorically reject the notion that President Obama was not born in the United States,” said Bush. “It is a complete distraction from the failed economic policies of the president.”

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=362229

  35. Sure seems like FS and his underling are against Cain. Makes me like him even more!

  36. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Does anyone see a similarity between the Clarence Thomas hearings with Anita Hill and these charges by two women against Herman Cane?

  37. Good Morning!

    I am firmly in the Cain camp after this latest smear by the media.

    More media destruction of a potential Obama opponent. It would be great if Larry Sinclair would travel with Mr. Cain to stand ready to answer questions about his sexual encounter with Obama in 1999. Dare the media to act responsibly by asking appropriate questions and allow Mr. Cain to answer allegations.

    Once they go over the line. Simply ask the reporter if they had interviewed Mr. Sinclair and why not – and then have Larry step forward in a national forum.

  38. Mr. Bill, that’s what I was thinking too. I wonder if there has been a recent increase in these 2 gals’ bank accounts?

  39. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    I agree Zach. I am glad to see that Ann Coulter has finally seen the light.

    Coulter: Politico’s Smear Of Cain Shows Liberal Media “Terrified Of Strong, Conservative, Black Men”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/10/30/coulter_on_politicos_smear_of_cain_liberals_terrified_of_strong_conservative_black_men.html

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