Cellini Convicted On Conspiracy, Bribery Charges

Law360, Chicago (November 1, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT) -- A federal jury on Tuesday convicted political insider and real estate investment businessman William Cellini on two criminal counts, finding he conspired to shake down a Hollywood film producer for a campaign contribution for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

A jury of 10 women and two men found the 76-year-old Cellini guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and one count of aiding and abetting the solicitation of a bribe, but returned not guilty verdicts on the remaining two charges of attempted extortion and...
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