Rezko Trial – Where Was Barack?

28Jun08

Why was Barack’s name kept out of the Tony Rezko trial, which, you may recall, ended in a conviction several days ago? There is a funny smell coming from that courtroom.

While none of that came out at trial, today, for the first time, a filing recently unsealed shows the government’s initial intent to call witnesses about that aspect of the case. The judge in the case, Amy St. Eve, ruled that the prosecution could bring up Obama’s name. But they never did. And references to Obama were not only kept out of the trial during his run for the primary — it was kept under seal. Until today.

It’s amazing what the system will do to protect the powerful. Obama’s close ties to Rezko should have made his name an everyday utterance in the proceedings.

The filing indicates that the prosecution wanted witnesses to talk about Rezko’s prowess as an Obama fund-raiser and his influence in getting two others — Joseph Aramanda and Semir Sirazi — to donate Rezko money to Obama’s campaigns in their names. The money kicked into Obama’s campaigns came from an illicit kickback scheme. Obama has since donated that money to charity.

That’s it? Obama has since donated that money to charity, so everyone’s happy?

“And references to Obama were not only kept out of the trial during his run for the primary—it was kept under seal,” Natasha Korecki (Chicago Sun-Times) reported June 26, 2008. “Until today.”

What we do not learn is why prosecutors did not bring up Obama’s name more often, particularly since U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve “ruled that they could.”

Keep tabs on this at Rezko Watch.



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