Jurors Recess in Cellini Trial Deliberations - FOX 32 News Chicago

Jurors Recess in Cellini Trial Deliberations


Jurors have recessed after a first full day of deliberations in the shakedown trial of clout-heavy Illinois businessman William Cellini.

Earlier Thursday a federal judge replaced a juror and told the new jury to start deliberations from scratch. The order came just a day after the original 12 jurors withdrew to deliberate on whether Cellini conspired to shake down the producer of "Million Dollar Baby."

Judge James Zagel told the courtroom a conflict arose with one juror on Wednesday. But he didn't offer any details, saying the reason is under seal. The 76-year-old Cellini has denied the four counts against him, which include attempted extortion.

It's likely to take jurors at least a couple days to sort through about three weeks of evidence. Court officials say jurors will return Friday.

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