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Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Bribery Trial Starts For Rep. Derrick Smith

Opening statements Thursday at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial focused on a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant, referred to in court only by a first name, Pete, who secretly recorded state Rep. Derrick Smith allegedly seeking a $7,000 bribe.

05/29/2014

Nicholas Sheley

Jury Selection Nears End At Sheley Murder Trial

The 34-year-old Sheley pleaded not guilty in the deaths of 29-year-old Brock Branson; 20-year-old Kilynna Blake; her 2-year-old son, Dayan; and 25-year-old Kenneth Ulve.

05/19/2014

Gabriela Escutia (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Plainfield Murder Trial Pushed Back To January Over Juror Issues

Gabriela Escutia, 24, of the 2700 block of Snowmass Court, faces two counts of murder in the death of 18-year-old Javier Barrios.

12/10/2013

Jose Horta (Credit: Waukegan Police)

Jury Selection Begins In Torture Murder Trial

Following somewhat of a rocky start Monday, the murder trial of Jose Horta of Waukegan, charged in connection with the July 2011 grisly torture murder of 27-year-old Waukegan resident David Campell, got under way.

11/19/2013

Sandra Lopez (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Jury Selection Begins In 1999 Armed Robbery Case

The bizarre case of a 43-year-old former Gurnee woman who was acquitted on charges that she stabbed her husband to death only to flee the country after being accused in 1999 of an armed robbery and home invasion goes to trial this week in Lake County Circuit Court.

10/22/2013

Stacy Jurich (left) and Natasha McShane were beaten with a bat in the Bucktown neighborhood in 2010.

Jury Selected For Trial In 2010 Bucktown Baseball Bat Beating

The jury was selected Tuesday in the trial of the man charged with beating two women with a baseball bat in Bucktown in 2010, leaving one of them with severe brain damage.

10/15/2013

Jereme Richmond (Credit: Lake County)

Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Former Illini Player Jereme Richmond

Richmond, 21, is charged with threatening a probation officer in May of this year, when he was about three months shy of completing an 18-month probationary term.

08/06/2013

Former Ald. Ambrosio Medrano (CBS File Photo)

Jury Selection Begins For Former Alderman Medrano’s Bribery Trial

A former Chicago alderman who was convicted in one of the city’s most famous corruption cases was back in court on Monday to stand trial on federal bribery charges.

06/03/2013

Johnny Borizov (Credit: DuPage County Jail)

Darien Triple Murder Case To Be 1st Chicago Area Trial With Camera In Court

Jury selection has started at the first trial in the Chicago area to allow cameras in court during testimony and through to a verdict.

04/16/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Judge Issues Gag Order After Beavers’ Attorneys Claim Jury Pool ‘Rigged’

Sam Adam Jr., an attorney for William Beavers, angrily told reporters Tuesday that he was “outraged” there were no black men in the 50-person jury pool. He suggested its composition was somehow fixed in advance. Beavers is black.

03/13/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

Beavers’ Jury Pool Has No Black Men; Defense Team Furious

At worse than 100 to 1, the odds of a randomly-selected jury pool in Chicago containing not a single black man might make even the most compulsive gambler cringe.

03/13/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Judge: Prosecutors Can Mention Beavers’ 2005 Taxes At Trial

Judge James Zagel says prosecutors can broach a 2005 return that included a letter in which Beavers acknowledges $43,000 in campaign money as income. Zagel says it goes to prosecutors’ argument that Beavers understood the requirement to report such money.

03/12/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, flanked by attorneys Victor Henderson and Sam Adam Jr., tells reporters he has proof that will refute charges he failed to pay income taxes on $68,000 he borrowed from his campaign funds. (Credit: Dana Kozlov/CBS)

Jury Selection In William Beavers’ Trial Delayed

Jury selection at the trial of a Chicago politician accused of misusing campaign funds has been delayed until next year.

12/04/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Beavers: ‘No Question About It, I’ll Be On The Stand’

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers vowed to take the stand in his own defense Monday as the first stages of jury selection got underway for his upcoming tax evasion trial.

12/03/2012

Drew Peterson

Jury Selection For Peterson Trial Could Be Held At Wilmington Union Hall

The Drew Peterson murder trial – one of the biggest trials ever to take place in Will County – might not begin at the courthouse in Joliet.

CBS 2–06/05/2012

Darnell Donerson, 57; Jason Hudson, 29; and Julian King, 7; were all shot and killed in 2008. Authorities say William Balfour, the estranged boyfriend of King's mother, Julia Hudson, killed them. (Credit: CBS)

Jury Picked For Trial Of Accused Hudson Family Killer

A full jury has been selected in the trial of William Balfour, the man charged with killing three members of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s family.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2012

William Balfour, 30, is on trial for allegedly killing three members of Jennifer Hudson's family in 2008. (Cook County Sheriff's Dept.)

14 Jurors Picked In Hudson Family Murder Trial

Fourteen people have been selected to serve on the jury in the trial of the man accused of killing three members of Jennifer Hudson’s family.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

Jennifer Hudson (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Questions About Jennifer Hudson Dominate Murder Trial Juror Questionnaire

Prospective jurors in the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial will have to answer a lot of questions to show what they know about the singer.

CBS Chicago–04/06/2012

William Balfour, 30, is on trial for allegedly killing three members of Jennifer Hudson's family in 2008. (Cook County Sheriff's Dept.)

Potential Jurors See Clean-Cut Defendant In Hudson Family Murder Case

Legal experts say William Balfour’s defense team has a heavy burden because of the celebrity of Jennifer Hudson and the sympathy she may evoke among jurors. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.

04/05/2012

Darnell Donerson, 57; Jason Hudson, 29; and Julian King, 7; were all shot and killed in 2008. Authorities say William Balfour, the estranged boyfriend of King's mother, Julia Hudson, killed them. (Credit: CBS)

Jury Selection Starts In Hudson Family Murder Trial

The first step of jury selection began Thursday in the trial of William Balfour, the man charged with murder in the deaths of three members of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s family.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

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