Fed's Star Witness is a Party Animal?
By Kevin Robinson in News on Feb 27, 2008 6:41PM
Tony Rezko's upcoming trial on fraud charges is sure to be sensational, with a veritable who's who of Illinois politicians listed in the indictment, including a sitting governor and a presidential candidate. Key to the prosecution is the government's star witness, Stuart Levine, whom Rezko's defense team has been trying to discredit as a drug user. Those allegations just got, um, sexier yesterday afternoon.
CBS2 is reporting that a sources close to the case say "star government witness Stuart Levine led a secret life of illicit drugs and all-night sex parties." Last week U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled that the defense could question Levine about his past drug use, but could not inquire about his "personal social activities." St. Eve is allowing the defense to make additional arguments about introducing Levine's activities during the trial. CBS2's source says that Levine led a "secret life" while he was working for the feds as a witness against Rezko. The defense plans to allege that Levine's secret life included all-night sex-parties in hotels in Lincolnwood and Springfield, fueled by "an excessive amount of illegal drugs worth more than $1.2 million in total, among them cocaine, special K and meth." In court filings, Rezko's lawyers allege that on
"[S]everal occasions, Levine flew [redacted] and other participants to Springfield on a private jet," they wrote. "Levine would hand [redacted] envelopes full of cash and tell [redacted] to purchase as many drugs as he could with the money inside. [Redacted] last saw Levine in November 2004, when Levine asked [redacted] to meet him at a gas station. There, Levine told [redacted] that they could not have any further contact because Levine did not want the authorities to find out about their relationship.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.
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