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  • Warring Peterson lawyers take fight to court

    CHICAGO — Drew Peterson’s wisecracking, limelight-hogging, sunglasses-wearing lawyers faced the media horde every day of the former suburban Chicago police officer’s 2012 trial – one that ended with a murder conviction and a falling out among the erstwhile colleagues. But the lawyerly war of words in public between lead trial counsel Joel Brodsky and former partner-turned-nemesis Steve Greenberg ...
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  • Defense: Medrano never fell for government 'snitch'

    Ambrosio Medrano, a former Chicago alderman convicted nearly two decades ago of public corruption, was searching for a financial opportunity for his wife of 35 years so the two could retire and spend time with their grandchildren, his attorney told a jury today at Medrano’s federal bribery trial. So when an acquaintance said he had a millionaire medical sales rep pal in Los Angeles who could help ...
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  • Chicago's next prosecutor to be more of an insider

    January 1, 2013 - Associated Press CHICAGO — The lanky, soft-spoken lawman from New York arrived in Chicago with a mandate to clean up corruption-plagued Illinois. And after a decade on the job, Patrick Fitzgerald had helped put two successive governors and a long procession of other public officials behind bars. Months after the consummate outsider resigned as head of the U.S. attorney’s office ...
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  • DuPage judge allows evidence in Harper wrestler's home invasion trial

    When Kerin Ramirez goes to trial for invading an off-duty police officer’s home, a DuPage County jury will learn the former Harper College wrestler was drunk when he entered the house and was shot during the confrontation that followed. Prosecutors had asked DuPage Judge George Bakalis to bar the defense from mentioning either detail during the trial. But Bakalis on Thursday denied the request. ...
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  • News - Peterson Mistrial Considered In the News
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  • George Ryan Appeal Sent Back By Supreme Court

    CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to again look at former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s bid to overturn his corruption convictions, offering the imprisoned Republican a chance, however slim, at a new trial. The decision marks one of the few significant rulings that have gone in Ryan’s favor since he was convicted of accepting vacations, gifts and cash for steering ...
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  • Blagojevich Lawyers Ask Judge to Endorse Drug Rehab Program for Former Governor

    Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys have asked to have him placed in a drug rehab program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence for corruption, though they aren’t saying if the former Illinois governor has a problem or if it’s a legal move. Judge James Zagel agreed Tuesday to recommend Blagojevich for the program. Neither Zagel nor Blagojevich’s attorneys detailed why he would be eligible. ...
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  • Blagojevich begins bleak countdown to prison AP – 12/8/2011 – Rod Blagojevich starts his Thursday facing a bleak countdown — 71 days before the twice-elected Illinois governor must say goodbye to his family and begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. During those days, he will scramble to get his financial affairs in ...
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  • Blagojevich source: Emanuel, Jackson to testify

    By: MICHAEL TARM Illinois State Wire (5/24/2011) CHICAGO (AP) – A source familiar with plans for Rod Blagojevich’s defense says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will be called to testify Wednesday when attorneys begin mounting a defense in the former governor’s retrial on corruption charges. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized ...
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  • Blagojevich Defense Team Scaled Down

    By MICHAEL TARM (AP) – A defense team of more than a dozen attorneys and legal aides, who huddled around former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talking strategy or even comforting their client during his first corruption trial, won’t be there for his second. The official number of attorneys for the retrial is – two. The fact that a Blagojevich legal fund is now empty led U.S. District Judge James B. ...
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  • Prosecutors seek to drop some Blagojevich counts

    By MICHAEL TARM (Associated Press – February 23, 2011) CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors asked a judge for permission Wednesday to dismiss racketeering charges against ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich as he heads to a retrial, trying to simplify a case that deadlocked jurors in the first trial complained was too hard to follow. In the waning minutes of a pretrial status hearing, prosecutor ...
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  • El Paso Public Corruption
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  • Anti War Activists Refusing Orders to Testify

    By MICHAEL TARM (AP – 10/5/2010) CHICAGO (AP) – Anti-war activists whose homes or offices were raided as part of an FBI terrorism funding investigation will refuse to testify before a grand jury as ordered, in a show of defiance that could land them in jail. Attorneys for the 14 activists called to testify have coordinated their responses since the Sept. 24 raids and have agreed their clients ...
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  • Gal Pissetzky Defends Client Against Public Corruption Charges.

    He’s the Modern Day Perry Mason… By Joe Muench (Excerpt from: They Keep Putting Off the Judge), The El Paso Times - Now P. has taken on noted criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky of Chicago. The question around town: How can P., a computer technician formerly with the District Clerk’s Office, then with El Paso Independent School District, afford such a high-profile lawyer?…Google Pissetzky and ...
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  • One suspect denied bond in girl's killing

    By Leah Hope June 28, 2007 (WLS) The two men charged in the shooting death of a 13-year-old Chicago girl appeared in court Thursday afternoon. Tony Serrano and Mwenda Murithi are accused in the murder of Schanna Gayden, who was in a park when she was shot. Police say this was a gang-related shooting. Thursday, family members for one of the suspects showed up in court to support him. Prosecutors ...
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  • Would you let kids drink in your home?

    BY FRANK MAIN AND DAN ROZEK (Staff Reporters - December 31, 2006) When Mark and Denise Richmond moved into their sprawling Deerfield home, the Hutsell family welcomed them with open arms. “My neighbors are very nice and polite and religious people,” Mark Richmond said. Then on Oct. 13, a drunken 18-year-old slammed his car into a tree at the entrance to the cul-de-sac where the Richmonds and ...
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