Lobbyist Never Knew Blagojevich Or Extorted For Him: Atty

Law360, Chicago (October 6, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT) -- An attorney for longtime lobbyist and political fundraiser William Cellini worked Thursday to separate his client from the bold names and key events mentioned in the government's case alleging he helped extort a Hollywood producer to get campaign cash for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Dan K. Webb of Winston & Strawn LLP told the jury that Cellini never passed any extortion message to film producer Tom Rosenberg as part of an alleged 2004 plot to hold up a promised $220 million allocation from a state...
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