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Juror in Cellini trial appears to have hidden two felony convictions, Tribune finds

By Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporters 6:30 a.m. CST, November 11, 2011

Court officials acknowledged Thursday that information revealed by the Tribune appears to show that a member of the federal jury that convicted Springfield power broker William Cellini concealed two felony convictions.

Attorneys for Cellini said the information may be used in seeking to overturn last week’s verdict.

Cook County court records show that a woman with the same name, age and address as the juror pleaded guilty to a felony charge of crack-cocaine possession in February 2000 and was sentenced to 1 1/2 years of probation. In August 2008, she pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence without a driver’s license, also a felony, and was sentenced to probation and time served — 44 days in jail, according to the records.

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