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“Rezko: Gavel-to-Gavel”: The Media Storm Begins To Gather

Wednesday, March 5, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Chicago Tribune is wisely covering the trial via blog.

As I noted yesterday, Mark Steyn is the natural courtroom correspondent for conservatives and political junkies, and any online editor looking for a jump in traffic that will last and last will do what he or she has to to get Steyn inked and on a plane back to his old Chicago courtroom haunts.

Any young, would-be blogging superstar would be headed to Chicago to do the same on his or her own nickel. I’ll have to ask my colleague Guy Benson from WIND to file frequent reports for me. Expect other broadcasters to find their own sources. Expect assistant professors of criminal law from UC, Northwestern or Loyola to figure out that O.J. launched a dozen media careers, and while Rezko has only political blood in the water, getting smart on the case and getting a regular gig on the nets explaining the ins-and-outs for the laymen would be a very smart use of their time.

Tony Rezko is Obama’s neighbor, friend and financier –in the dock on federal charges. That’s a story.

UPDATE: My first question when I began to read up on the Rezko trial was why he was in jail and not out on bail? The answer is:

Rezko’s bail was revoked in January. That was when U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve learned he had received a $3.5 million wire transfer from a business associate abroad. St. Eve agreed with prosecutors that Rezko was a flight risk and ordered him confined to a federal jail in the Loop.

BTW: The indictment is here.

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