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Suburban Woman To Go To Trial For Lying About Israeli Bombing Conviction

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh of Evergreen Park turned down a plea agreement last week in Detroit federal court and fired her attorney. Her new lawyer, Michael Deutsch, has made a career of representing political activists.

05/28/2014

Torolan Williams (Credit: Chicago Police)

Jury Convicts Man Of Killing 5 In 2008

Torolan Williams, 28, killed the victims with the help of his cohort Michael King on April 23, 2008, prosecutors said. Earlier this week, Williams’ high school friend and accomplice testified against him.

05/23/2014

Carly Rousso, of Highland Park, stands in the courtroom of Lake County Judge James K. Booras during a pretrial hearing in Waukegan on June 11, 2013. (Credit: Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Highland Park Teen’s Fatal DUI Trial Set To Start Tuesday

Carly Rousso and her attorney, Douglas Zeit, have opted for a bench trial in which Judge James Booras will reach the verdict in the case. Attempts by Zeit and prosecutors to reach a negotiated plea deal in the case have been declared “at an impasse.”

05/23/2014

Jose Reyes (Credit: Mundelein Police)

Chicago Man Fit To Stand Trial For Rape Of 3-Year-Old

Jose Reyes, 28, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated kidnapping and production of child pornography. If convicted, he faces 24 years to life in prison.

05/21/2014

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)

Judge Won’t Delay Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

Rep. Derrick Smith is a Chicago Democrat who’s charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe. He is scheduled to go to trial May 28, but the Legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until May 31.

05/21/2014

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Trial Underway For Man Accused Of Killing 8

A man serving two life sentences for two killings was back in court Monday to stand trial in the deaths of four others, including a young boy.

05/20/2014

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

Torolan Williams (Credit: Chicago Police)

Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Killing 5 In 2008

After Torolan Williams and his friend robbed and murdered five people at a house party on the South Side, he turned to his partner in crime and laughed, Cook County prosecutors said. “That was some crazy s—!” Williams allegedly joked.

05/14/2014

Billy Varner (Lake County Jail booking photo)

Trial Delayed In Brutal Double Murder In Antioch

Billy Varner, 55, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing his wife with a machete and then suffocating his mother last October

05/14/2014

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Trial In 2005 Murder Case Rescheduled Again

Quentin Moore has been charged in the murders of three people in Aurora: the 2001 killings of Larry Postelwaite and Sharon Paulette, and the 2005 beating death of Jorge Caro.

05/12/2014

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Feds Hope Slain Informant’s Tapes Convict Gang Members In Drug Case

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.

04/22/2014

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Trial Delayed For Former North Chicago Police Chief

Officials hope the theft of government funds case against former North Chicago Police Chief Michael Newsome will be concluded this summer after the latest in a series of delays has resulted in a new trial date of June 6.

04/17/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Kustok Found Guilty Of Murdering Wife

Allan Kustok, 63, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife Anita “Jeanie” Kustok on Sept. 29, 2010. Prosecutors have said Kustok shot his wife as she laid in bed, but the defense claims she killed herself.

03/11/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Prosecutors Rest Case Against Kustok; Defense Calls Expert Witness

The prosecution rested in the murder trial of Orland Park busienssman Allan Kustok Thursday afternoon, but the defense did not, as expected, immediately call the alleged killer’s daughter — former Comcast Sports Network broadcaster Sarah Kustok.

03/07/2014

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Gary Cop Rejects Plea Deal In Drug Trafficking Case

Guye and her boyfriend, Terrance Gee, 26, of Michigan City, were arrested for drug trafficking in Oklahoma, after police there found 48 pounds of marijuana in a suitcase in their rental car.

03/07/2014

Akheem Shakur Scott-Manna (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Jury Deadlocks In Trial Of Gary Man Accused Of Killing Neighbor

An Indiana judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the murder trial of a Gary man accused of beating to death a 60-year-old neighbor whose dog he walked.

03/06/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Expert: Gunman Standing Over Jeanie Kustok Shot Her In Face

The star prosecution witness in the Allan Kustok murder trial testified Tuesday that a close-range gunshot was the likely source of blood spatter found on the front side of Kustok’s clothes on the morning his wife died.

03/05/2014

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Prosecutor: Northbrook CEO ‘Cheated’ Clients Out Of $500 Million

On Wednesday, as one of the biggest financial fraud trials in Chicago history began, federal prosecutors pointed the finger of blame at Sentinel Management Group’s CEO Eric Bloom, who they said “cheated and defrauded” his clients for years.

02/27/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

In-Law Testifies At Kustok Murder Trial

In court proceedings over the past week, Allan Kustok’s defense attorneys have taken pains to portray Jeanie Kustok as a paranoid wreck who was terrified that someone would invade the couple’s alarm-protected Orland Park home.

02/27/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

At Hospital With Dead Wife, Kustok Got Texts From Another Woman

While Orland Park detectives peppered Allan Kustok with questions about the shooting death of his wife, several text messages from a potential paramour were sent to his cellphone, requesting an extramarital rendezvous

02/26/2014

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