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Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris tried to “shake down” a business for a $250,000 a year job as a financial consultant in return for Burris’ help promoting the business’ products to the U.S. military, court documents in a trial due to start next week allege.
The explosive allegations emerged Friday at a hearing ahead of the trial of South Sider C. Gregory Turner, who is accused of illegally trying to help lift U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s regime.
Burris is expected to be a key prosecution witness against Turner. But Turner’s lawyers say the fact that the feds never charged the former Democratic senator in connection with the alleged shakedown scheme means Burris is “biased” in their favor.
Burris is expected to be a key prosecution witness against Turner.