Earl Hawkins is a convicted killer whose lawyer once bribed a judge to try to beat a double murder case. State and federal prosecutors vowed that he wouldn’t get out of prison until he was in his 70s.
Prosecutors have pulled back the curtain a little on the largest drug case ever made in Illinois, publicly revealing for the first time the secret testimony that the Flores brothers turned against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his powerful Sinaloa drug cartel.
Federal prosecutors have charged more than two dozen people who allegedly used rap music videos and social media to help convince people with debit cards to sell their PINs and passwords as part of a scheme to defraud banks out of more than $1.7 million.
Federal prosecutors in Ohio argue Amer Ahmad—who skipped bail and fled to Pakistan in April after pleading guilty to a kickback scheme he ran while he was Ohio’s deputy state treasurer—deserves the hefty sentence for “a remarkable abuse of office.”
A Californian animal rights protestor who allegedly freed 2,000 mink from an Illinois fur farm is a “danger to the community” who should be kept locked up, federal prosecutors say.
In a rare and surprising move, federal prosecutors have dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges against state Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), and allowed him to plead guilty instead to a single misdemeanor tax charge.
Prosecutors responding to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich’s appeal say the former governor’s lawyers have misrepresented a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case.
A day after enduring several hours of political bickering, members of a legislative panel officially postponed further hearings into Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative to avoid possibly compromising a criminal investigation by the feds.
A bipartisan legislative panel was debating Wednesday morning whether to comply with a request from federal prosecutors to hold off on their own investigation a scandal-plagued anti-violence program Gov. Pat Quinn launched during his 2010 election run.
The co-chairman of a legislative panel investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued anti-violence program said Thursday members of the commission will vote next week whether to comply with a request from federal prosecutors to hold off their probe for 90 days.
U.S. Atty. Zach Fardon’s office created the new violent crimes section, which has been staffed with 16 federal prosecutors, led by Assistant U.S. Atty. Ron DeWald.
Gunned down last year in front of his terrified young son and girlfriend within days of being unmasked as a cooperating witness, Keith Daniels helped police solve one of Chicago’s highest-profile murders of 2011 — the botched drive-by shooting of an innocent bystander, 13-year-old Darius “Bay Bay” Brown.
In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public, but within hours of his arrest, he allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he “f – – – ed up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago will be assuming the investigation into the death of Darrin Hanna of North Chicago, who died after being arrested and allegedly beaten by North Chicago police officers.
Federal prosecutors have sought the stiffest sentence possible for a purported gang leader convicted of drug trafficking, arguing he was the triggerman in the murder of a Chicago cop and his female friend.
If convicted liar Kevin Trudeau pitched his supposed miracle weight-loss book to readers by telling them the truth, it would have sold slightly more than zero copies, federal prosecutors said.
The Beanie Baby creator hid $100 million in secret Swiss bank accounts to con the IRS, but got just two years of probation and 500 hours of community service for the crime when he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras on Jan. 13.
A federal judge said Tuesday that she’ll wait for the appeals process to run its course before implementing her ruling that gives lawyers for a Chicago terrorism suspect access to secret documents spelling out how the U.S. government sought permission to spy on him.
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.
Steve Mandell admitted he could be heard on audio tapes talking about killing, draining the blood and even dismembering one of the men he says he was hired to investigate. But it was all talk, he told jurors.