Opening Statements

Bribery Trial Starts For Rep. Derrick SmithOpening 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.
Opening Statements Given In Lawmaker's Bribery TrialDerrick Smith, 50, is accused of taking $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter supporting a day care center's application for a state grant.
Defense Attorney's Injury Delays Opening Statements In Kustok Murder TrialOpening statements scheduled for Thursday morning in Allan Kustok’s murder trial have been postponed until Friday after defense attorney Rick Beuke slipped on ice outside the courthouse
Baseball Bat Beating Victim Describes AttackA man charged with beating two young women with a baseball bat in 2010 lurked in the shadows of a Chicago night until he "unleashed his violent rage" on his victims, a prosecutor said Wednesday during opening statements.
Dramatic Opening For Defense In Beavers Tax TrialDuring a losing streak at Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino in April 2007, William Beavers went back to the bank three times in less than five hours to cash a total of $6,000 in checks from his political campaign fund, prosecutors alleged as the Cook County commissioner’s trial began Thursday.
Peterson Trial: Neighbor Weeps While Testifying About Finding Savio's BodyIn opening statements for Drew Peterson’s long-awaited murder trial Tuesday, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said Peterson once boasted that “he had learned enough to kill someone and make it look like an accident.”
Former Aide Testifies About Blagojevich's Senate Seat SchemesA former top aide to Rod Blagojevich testified on Tuesday that the deposed governor asked him what he could get for himself in exchange for appointing a U.S. Senator about a month before Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 and vacated his Senate seat.
Prosecutor To Jurors: Blagojevich 'Sold Out' IllinoisansFederal prosecutors said Monday that Rod Blagojevich “sold out” the trust of Illinois voters by repeatedly trying to line his own pockets through his power as governor, but – borrowing from Shakespeare – the former governor’s lawyer said the government’s case was “a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Judge Won't Delay Start Of Blagojevich RetrialA federal judge on Thursday denied a request from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyers to push back his retrial on corruption charges by a few weeks.