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Jury Deliberations Begin in William Cellini Corruption Trial

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William Cellini trial jurors started deliberating Wednesday in the last trial related to a nearly decade-long investigation of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The panelists withdrew to a 25th-floor jury room Tuesday afternoon. They'll have to decide if a businessman once known as the King of Clout conspired to shakedown the producer of "Million Dollar Baby."

It could take them days to go through evidence presented over three weeks.

The 76-year-old Republican from Springfield denied plotting with three others to squeeze the Hollywood executive for a $1.5 million donation to Democrat Blagojevich's campaign.

Prosecutors said Cellini's role was to gently broach the issue of a contribution, with another conspirator responsible for tightening the screws later. Jurors must determine if prosecutors proved Cellini delivered part of the extortion message.

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