Lawyers for former state Rep. Derrick Smith want a federal judge Thursday to spare him prison time. Prosecutors want the 51-year-old Chicago Democrat imprisoned for around five years.
A federal judge faces questions about terminal illness and just punishment when he sentences a former Illinois lawmaker for compiling and trading hundreds of pornographic images online of toddlers and other children.
A judge in Keith Farnham’s child pornography case is taking the rare step of moving the ex-Illinois lawmaker’s sentencing from Chicago’s federal courthouse to a venue closer to the Democrat’s suburban home.
Keith and Terrence Nicks’ conduct was so “unique” in its depravity, they need to be put behind bars despite their lack of criminal backgrounds, Assistant State’s Attorney Nick Trutenko argued, asking Judge Joan Margaret O’Brien to sentence the brothers to consecutive terms.
Prosecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to go ahead with the sentencing of former Illinois Rep. Keith Farnham on a child pornography conviction despite illness that could soon take his life.
He called cash bribes “cheddar.” Now former State Rep. Derrick Smith is probably going to have to eat some hard cheese. Maybe five years of it in federal prison.
For the first time in Cook County, cameras will be allowed inside a criminal courtroom, when a judge sentences two men convicted of killing a Chicago police officer.
In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico’s most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America.
A reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was to be sentenced Monday for his part in a $1 billion conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and other cities.
Steve Mandell might have been convicted in one of the grisliest and most lurid federal trials in Chicago’s recent history, but he deserves a “glimmer of hope that he will one day be free at an old age,” his attorney Francis Lipuma argues in a court filing ahead of Mandell’s sentencing next month.
A federal judge has sentenced Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford to probation and a fine for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.
Three days after being re-elected, Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford will learn if he’ll have to spend time behind bars for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.
Bethany McKee was convicted of two counts of murder in August, in the strangling deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, in January 2013.
A judge will decide whether to heed the prosecutors’ request that three protesters accused of plotting Molotov cocktail attacks at a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago serve more than a decade in prison.
Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it’s not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.
Raghuveer Nayak had previously pleaded guilty to federal health-care fraud charges, and faced up to 23 years in prison. On Monday he apologized before he was sentenced, asking the judge to have mercy on him and his family.
A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is scheduled to be sentenced, and a federal judge may consider the man’s alleged role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies avoided prison Monday, when he was sentenced to two years of probation for evading taxes by hiding millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account that contained more than $100 million at one time.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson will have to wait a bit longer to learn their fate in federal court, after a judge delayed their sentencing hearing on Monday.
The former comptroller in Dixon, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to 19 1/2 years in prison for embezzling $53 million from the town.