Stuart Levine, the key prosecution witness in the extortion trial of Springfield power broker William Cellini, was questioned today by the defense about his 30-year drug use, including how many lines of cocaine he snorted in a session and how his memory might have been affected by all of it.
“It’s possible,” Levine said when he was asked by Cellini’s attorney, Dan Webb, if his memory had been harmed by the extended drug use.
Cellini is on trial in federal court on charges he conspired with Levine to try to squeeze a campaign contribution for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from a Hollywood producer who did significant business with the state Teachers Retirement System. Levine was a corrupt member of the TRS board.
Webb is in his second day of an exhaustive examination of Levine’s criminal past, including numerous bribes and schemes in which Levine illegally pocketed millions of dollars by cheating even friends and charities.
Levine, who has testified in another federal trial in 2008, seemed more composed today on the witness stand than when Webb began questioning him on Friday.