Loathsome Levine

“We’re about a month into the Tony Rezko corruption trial, and probably the most significant development to date isn’t some new disclosure about our governor but rather how thoroughly despicable an individual is the prosecution’s chief witness – Stuart Levine,” Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown wrote on Sunday.

“Most everybody who has been sitting inside U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve’s courtroom during Levine’s testimony – or watching on closed circuit television from the overflow room – has been talking about how loathsome they find him.”

It’s true. But unlike some punditry, I don’t think witnesses like Levine hurt public corruption cases because of their sordid and untruthful histories. I think juries react the other way – the sleaziness rubs off on the defendants with whom they did business.

Levine is back on the stand today, and NBC5’s Phil Rogers will have a report at 6.

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