Blagojevich Fundraiser Extorted Producer, Feds Say

Law360, Chicago (October 5, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT) -- A longtime political fundraiser was a key player in the 2004 shakedown of a Hollywood producer's investment company, a federal prosecutor told jurors Wednesday in the final trial to come out of the corruption case that brought down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

In opening statements, government attorney Greg Deis said that William Cellini passed a message to film producer Tom Rosenberg that his real estate investment firm, Capri Capital Advisors LLC, would not receive a $220 million investment from the Illinois teachers' pension fund it had...
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