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Top Obama Backer Tony Rezko Found Guilty

From a distraught Associated Press:

Verdict In Rezko Trial

6/4/2008

CHICAGO (AP)  — A prominent fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich accused of scheming to get bribes from businesses seeking state contracts has been found guilty of fraud and money laundering.

But the jury’s mixed verdict acquitted Antoin “Tony” Rezko of some of the most serious charges, including attempted extortion.

Rezko’s been found guilty of 16 of 24 counts.

The jury delivered its verdict Wednesday after a nine-week trial.

Rezko has known Obama since he entered politics and was involved in a 2005 real estate deal with the Democratic presidential candidate, although testimony barely touched on their relationship.

Most of the focus was on shakedowns prosecutors said Rezko arranged when he was a top adviser to Blagojevich.

Neither Blagojevich nor Obama has been accused of wrongdoing.

Timing. (A peculiar pattern we have noticed before from the DNC’s Patrick Fitzgerald.)

And speaking of which, one wonders if this is not one of the things Mrs. Clinton was waiting to have happen.

Rezko has known Obama since he entered politics…

That’s one way of putting it.

Another way would be that he has been Mr. Obama’s main benefactor throughout the latter’s brilliant career.

Most of the focus was on shakedowns prosecutors said Rezko arranged when he was a top adviser to Blagojevich.

Or what is known as “influence peddling.”

It will be interesting to see if Mr. Rezko can be “flipped.”

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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