May 13, 2008 |
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.
March 6, 2008 |
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.
October 7, 2008 |
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.
October 9, 2008 |
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.
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.
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.