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04/05/2010

More Giannoulias Political Blood

  The theory spoken in open court on Good Friday caused this reporter to look up from my notepad to see if anyone else in the room was paying attention.

  In his defense of accused Boston Blackie's owner Nick Giannis, attorney Thomas Durkin opined that Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez was part of a democratic party plot to force its own U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias out of the race.

  "When elected officials start doing things that they don't normally do they usually have a reason other than what they claim they're doing." said Durkin. "I don't think its fair to Mr. Giannoulias or his family or anyone else."

  In his pleading to Judge Jackie Portman, Durkin suggested some democrats want their party's elected nominee, who is under a constant barrage of political firebombs related to his family's business, to resign his candidacy.

  There are two Giannoulias connections to the Giannis case:  The 62 year old restaurant owner has donated a total of $119 thousand dollars to the Illinois Treasurer's political campaigns since 2006.  Also, the Giannoulias family-owned Broadway Bank has done business with Boston Blackies over the years.  Now prosecutors allege troubled Broadway was one of several banks defrauded by Giannis and others in an alleged $1.8 million check-kiting scheme. 

  An Alvarez spokeswoman called the conspiracy charge "absurd".  She accused Durkin of  using politics in his desperate defense of Giannis, who in an admitted drunken panic, attempted to leave the country on March 10th within three hours after a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

  Durkin is considered one of the highest profile, never media-shy defense lawyers in Chicago.  If every few weeks, at every court appearance on behalf of Nick Giannis he repeats his "theory" of the case, it will be another venue in which Alexi Giannoulias is linked to another criminal suspect and another alleged shady deal.

  Republican Mark Kirk, meanwhile, is gorging on every opportunity to further bloody the democratic candidate in his effort to take President Barack Obama's former seat in the U.S. Senate.   On Easter Sunday, the Illinois Republican Party sacriligiously e-mailed another press release headlined "Giannis Blames Alexi Giannoulias for His Arrest".

   Actually, it doesn't matter if anyone at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building was paying attention when Durkin made his case on Good Friday.

   But you have to wonder what folks are thinking at The White House.

 

 

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