Lobbyist Passed Blagojevich Extortion Message: Witness

Law360, Chicago (October 20, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT) -- A movie producer testifying at the extortion trial of political insider William Cellini said Thursday that in 2004 the defendant told him his real estate investment firm would not receive a pension fund allocation unless he made a campaign donation to ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Appearing as a government witness, Tom Rosenberg, whose film credits include "The Human Stain" and "Million Dollar Baby," told the jury about a phone call in which Cellini allegedly told him that two top Blagojevich fundraisers — who purportedly exerted some...
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