Cellini Attorneys Seek Probation


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Lawyers for William Cellini say the once-powerful Illinois political player should get probation for his role in a scheme to try to get a campaign donation from a Hollywood producer.

Federal prosecutors want to sentence the Springfield Republican to up to eight years for conspiring to commit extortion and soliciting a bribe.

But Cellini's attorneys filed paperwork Monday saying that the recommendation is based on more serious offenses for which Cellini was acquitted. They say evidence shows Cellini was unaware of an extortion plan.

Cellini was convicted for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich from Oscar-winning producer Thomas Rosenberg in exchange for state business.

Sentencing in Chicago has been delayed until Oct. 4 because of Cellini's health problems.

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