Political insider Tony Rezko today pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with the sale of his pizza restaurants.Sounds like a deadfish wrapped in newspaper message to me. Who's it intended for?
His attorney said Rezko is "ready and willing" to testify for the government at the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Rezko, who has already begun serving time for his 2008 conviction for extorting money from businesses that wanted state contracts, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud in connection with loans he arranged for business partners to buy a chain of pizza restaurants he owned in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The plea change comes without a deal with prosecutors, who would not comment on whether Rezko was cooperating against Blagojevich. He was not called by prosecutors to testify against the former governor at his trial this summer. Rezko has yet to be sentenced for his 2008 conviction.
Outside the courtroom, Rezko's lawyer, Joseph Duffy, said Rezko would take the stand at Blagojevich's retrial if prosecutors called him.
"He is ready and willing to testify, and he would be a formidable witness, well-corroborated by the government's evidence," Duffy said. "I have a lot of respect for the prosecutors (in the Blagojevich case), but I don't control who they call (as witnesses).
Rezko's sentencing was set for Dec. 17.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Resko's ready to go!
A h/t thanks to ever faithful reader anonymous. Seems Rezko's ready to testify and his lawyer wants the world to know, although I've seen few blogs pick up this story. The full quote from Chicago Breaking News,