Defense Cries Mistrial In Blagojevich Extortion Case

Law360, Chicago (October 19, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT) -- A lawyer defending longtime lobbyist and real estate investment manager William Cellini against charges that he took part in an extortion plot to benefit former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich demanded a mistrial Wednesday after a federal judge barred him from questioning a government witness about prior testimony.

With the jury absent from the courtroom, Dan K. Webb of Winston & Strawn LLP made his motion after U.S. District Judge James Zagel shot down his effort to question government witness Stuart Levine about alleged inconsistencies between his...
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