Cellini attorneys to ask for delay in sentencing
CHICAGO — Attorneys for a onetime powerbroker with links to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are expected to ask for a delay to his sentencing hearing scheduled for Monday.
William Cellini's lawyers requested a hearing for Wednesday to argue for a later sentencing date. But the motion they filed in federal court in Chicago was sealed and so their grounds for a delay weren't clear.
Prosecutors have said Cellini deserves to go to prison for up to eight years for conspiring to extort the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" for a contribution to Blagojevich's campaign. But they've also conceded his health problems could justify a lesser sentence.
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