A lawyer for an Illinois lawmaker accused of taking a bribe has told jurors during closing arguments that his client was “set up” by a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant.
Heriberto Viramontes, 34, has been charged with 25 felony counts, including attempted murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery; accused of beating an exchange student from Northern Ireland and her friend as they walked home after a night of dancing in April 2010.
Federal prosecutors told a jury Thursday there’s no evidence Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was taking out a loan from his campaign fund for personal expenses, but the defense argued the prosecution was trying to “bamboozle” jurors.
A jury on Thursday abruptly convicted Christoper Vaughn of fatally shooting his wife and three children in 2007.
Christopher Vaughn’s own blood stain expert agreed with prosecutors Tuesday that his analysis of what happened in Vaughn’s Ford Expedition five years ago doesn’t match the Oswego man’s story.
A defense attorney for Drew Peterson told jurors Tuesday that prosecutors “are trying to nail Jell-O to a tree,” and have no evidence that Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Anxious — that’s how one of Drew Peterson’s defense attorney’s described himself the day before closing arguments in Peterson’s murder trial.
Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the murder trial of the man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s family, but were sequestered for the night after more than 4 1/2 hours of deliberations, and will go back to work on Thursday.
Jury deliberations continue later Wednesday morning in the trial of a Chicago police charged in connection with a deadly hit-and-run accident.
Closing arguments are expected Monday morning in the trial of a lawsuit that pits Chicago firefighters against the company that makes fire engine sirens.
In their final push to take down a well-connected Illinois millionaire, prosecutors focused on one sound Tuesday — a laugh — as they tried to convince jurors he was in on a scheme to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Millionaire businessman William Cellini has decided not to take the stand during his Chicago corruption trial.
Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorney delivered a passionate closing argument on Thursday, saying prosecutors had proven nothing criminal and that the government wanted the jury to be nothing more than a “rubber stamp” for their case against the former governor.
Federal prosecutors began their closing argument in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial on Wednesday, telling jurors that the former governor lied to them repeatedly during his seven days on the witness stand.
Closing arguments are expected later today in the trial of a Chicago businessman accused of helping plan the Mumbai terror attacks.
A Lake County jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of Marni Yang, who is charged with the murder of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle’s pregnant girlfriend. The verdict will be read in court Tuesday evening.