Just how teflon is this guy?
Obama: Witness for the Defense?
Chicago Lawyers Say Sen. Barack Obama Could Be Called to Testify in the Rezko Trial
By BRIAN ROSS and AVNI PATEL, ABC News
Sen. Barack Obama could be called as a witness for his longtime friend and accused Illinois fixer Tony Rezko, according to Chicago lawyers following the case.
"I think it's realistic that that could happen during the trial," said Zach Fardon, a former Chicago federal prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted former Illinois Gov. George Ryan on corruption charges.
Jury selection for Rezko, accused of bribing public officials and taking kickbacks, began this morning in a Chicago federal courtroom.
Although contributions Rezko steered to Obama's 2004 Senate campaign are cited in pretrial motions, he is unlikely to be called by prosecutors to testify about them.
Obama has said he was "unaware" of the allegedly illegal contributions Rezko insisted others make, and the Obama campaign has donated to charity some $150,000 connected to Rezko and others involved in the federal investigation.
But former prosecutor Fardon, now with the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, says Rezko's defense lawyer could use Obama "to show that Mr. Rezko is somebody active in politics and political fundraising and there's nothing unto itself nefarious about that fact."