WBEZ | Cellini http://www.wbez.org/tags/cellini Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jury has reached its verdict in Cellini trial http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-has-reached-its-verdict-cellini-trial-93662 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-29/RS3732_William Cellini (AP PhotoM. Spencer Green, File)-lpr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of an&nbsp;Illinois powerbroker accused of trying to shake down a Hollywood&nbsp;producer for a campaign donation to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>The federal court clerk announced Tuesday that the verdict in&nbsp;the trial of William Cellini will be read at noon.</p><p>The well-connected millionaire is accused of conspiring with&nbsp;three others in 2004 to extort $1.5 million from the Oscar-winning&nbsp;producer of "Million Dollar Baby." It's the last scheduled trial&nbsp;related to a federal investigation of Blagojevich.</p><p>Prosecutors say Cellini participated in a scheme to extort his&nbsp;friend, Hollywood executive Thomas Rosenberg, by threatening to&nbsp;withhold $220 million in state pension funds from Rosenberg's&nbsp;investment company.</p><p>Cellini's attorneys say he was unwittingly caught in the plot.</p></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-has-reached-its-verdict-cellini-trial-93662