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March 3, 2008 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Starting even before Barack Obama graduated from law school, his career as a lawyer and politician was nurtured by a Chicago businessman named Tony Rezko. Now Obama avoids discussing Rezko, and his former backer isn't in a position to speak publicly. The once-dapper businessman appeared in federal court the other day, unshaven, wearing an orange jumpsuit and leg irons.
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December 11, 2008 | Joe Stephens and Carrie Johnson, Stephens and Johnson write for the Washington Post.
A footnote to the 76-page criminal complaint and affidavit charging Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a Democrat, with soliciting bribes confirms what has long been rumored: that a former longtime friend of and fundraiser for President-elect Barack Obama is talking to federal prosecutors in hopes of a reduced sentence.
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December 11, 2008 | Joe Stephens and Carrie Johnson, Stephens and Johnson write for the Washington Post.
A footnote to the 76-page criminal complaint and affidavit charging Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a Democrat, with soliciting bribes confirms what has long been rumored: that a former longtime friend of and fundraiser for President-elect Barack Obama is talking to federal prosecutors in hopes of a reduced sentence.
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March 3, 2008 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Starting even before Barack Obama graduated from law school, his career as a lawyer and politician was nurtured by a Chicago businessman named Tony Rezko. Now Obama avoids discussing Rezko, and his former backer isn't in a position to speak publicly. The once-dapper businessman appeared in federal court the other day, unshaven, wearing an orange jumpsuit and leg irons.
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May 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Closing arguments began in the Chicago corruption trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko. The case has proved an embarrassment to presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko befriended both Democrats and raised funds for them. Rezko is charged with 24 criminal counts, including mail and wire fraud, attempted extortion and money-laundering. Closing arguments and rebuttal are expected to continue today.
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March 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A jury was selected in Chicago in the federal corruption trial of a fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Neither politician is charged with wrongdoing. Opening statements in Antoin "Tony" Rezko's trial were to begin today, U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve said. The identities of the 12 jurors and six alternates will be kept secret, at least for now. Rezko, 52, is accused of participating in a scheme to shake down companies hoping to invest state teachers' pension fund money.
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April 6, 2008 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
In his books, speeches and campaign commercials, Sen. Barack Obama often harks back to his days as a civil rights attorney. It is fundamental to his autobiography, displayed on his campaign website and woven into his appeals for votes. In one of his television ads leading up to the South Carolina primary, Obama recalled "working as a civil rights attorney to make sure that everybody's vote counted."
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October 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors in Chicago moved to delay indefinitely the sentencing of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted in June of mail fraud, wire fraud, attempted extortion and money laundering. The request indicates that he could be cooperating. Speculation has simmered for weeks that the key fundraiser for Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and Sen. Barack Obama is telling prosecutors what he knows about corruption in state government in hopes of getting a lighter sentence. Some of the crimes carry 20-year sentences.
OPINION
June 10, 2008
Re "It was Iraq, stupid," Opinion, June 5 Rosa Brooks continues to perpetuate the biggest canard in modern political history: the difference between Hillary Clinton's vote for the Iraq war and Barack Obama's opposition. Obama was a civilian observer who was subjected to none of the pressure that Clinton was. The biggest deception during the battle for the Democratic nomination was the obfuscation of Obama's past, especially his poor judgment. He insisted that his judgment was superior to Clinton's experience.
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October 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Chicago delayed sentencing for convicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko as one of his lawyers said he was working with prosecutors in hopes of getting a reduced prison term. Sentencing is now set for Dec. 16. "We are trying to work toward an agreement that would affect sentencing," attorney Bill Ziegelmueller said after the hearing. Rezko was a major political fundraiser who bankrolled campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. He did not supply any money to Obama's current campaign, and the Democratic presidential nominee has not been accused of wrongdoing.
OPINION
September 1, 2008
Re "We are a better country than this,' " Aug. 29 Barack Obama's acceptance speech was given on the anniversary of that great speech that helped change and save America. As one who met and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I could see in Obama another man whose spirit and ideals just may change and save America. The spirit of King truly lives on. Tom Owens Altadena There was a time when I believed in Obama and his mantra for change. I really can't say when I started questioning my support for him. Maybe it was when he reversed key primary positions upon winning the nomination.
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January 23, 2008 | Dan Morain and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped the name of Barack Obama's Chicago patron into the South Carolina debate Monday night, putting front and center a tangled relationship that has the potential to undermine Obama's image as a candidate whose ethical standards are distinctly higher than those of his main opponent.
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