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Rezko trying to get conviction overturned

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Antoin Tony Rezko: Fast-food entrepreneur and real estate developer. Perhaps the earliest major financial supporter of Sen. Barack Obamas political career and a top fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Charged with scheming to get bribes and kickbacks for favorable votes from the regulatory Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board and the $40 billion state Teachers Retirement System. Proceeds were to go in part to Democrat Blagojevichs campaign fund, according to the government. Blagojevich is not charged with any wrongdoing. (AP)

Antoin "Tony" Rezko: Fast-food entrepreneur and real estate developer. Perhaps the earliest major financial supporter of Sen. Barack Obama's political career and a top fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Charged with scheming to get bribes and kickbacks for favorable votes from the regulatory Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board and the $40 billion state Teachers Retirement System. Proceeds were to go in part to Democrat Blagojevich's campaign fund, according to the government. Blagojevich is not charged with any wrongdoing. (AP)

Tony Rezko, the former fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich, is trying to get his conviction overturned.

A lawyer for Rezko was in court Thursday.

The defense attorney told the federal judge that he will file a motion related to the honest services law.

The Supreme Court ruled that law unconstitutional. The law was partially used to convict Rezko in 2008.

Rezko is set to be sentenced on January 28 for his role in a scheme to solicit kickbacks from companies seeking state contracts.

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