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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Ind. Courts - Still more on "Intricate political web unravels at Cantrell trial"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry is this story today in the Gary Post-Tribune, reported by Andy Grimm. Headed "Witnesses tell of Cantrell's political clout." the story begins:

HAMMOND -- Witnesses called by federal prosecutors expanded the list of services available in the alleged influence-peddling case against Robert Cantrell.

A former North Township worker explained how Cantrell contacted Trustee Greg Cvitkovich to get her a job.

An East Chicago engineering contractor told of how he reached out to Cantrell to help collect a bill the city had ignored for two years, and received payment in full only days after offering to pay Cantrell $2,000 to help him collect.

Lake County Judge Jesse Villalpando took the stand and eagerly discussed how Cantrell threatened to enter candidates to run against him in the 2006 election if Villalpando didn't steer more court business to a drug counseling company Cantrell allegedly controlled.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 3, 2008 09:20 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts