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Philip Vatamaniuc (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Judge Rejects Plea Motion In Highland Park Murder Case

Prosecutors revealed this week that they have a witness who told them that Philip Vatamaniuc allegedly admitted to being the shooter in the murder of Highland Park 20-year-old Colin Nutter last summer.

06/12/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Jury Convicts Rep. Smith Of Accepting $7,000 Bribe

Following approximately 4 hours of deliberations, a federal jury has convicted state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery and extortion charges.

06/10/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Jury Deliberations Begin In Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

A lawyer for an Illinois lawmaker accused of taking a bribe has told jurors during closing arguments that his client was “set up” by a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant.

06/09/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmaker’s Lawyers Suggest FBI Entrapment In Bribery Case

Attorneys for an Illinois legislator on trial for bribery suggested during cross-examination of an FBI agent that their client was entrapped by a government informant and federal investigators.

06/05/2014

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)

Jurors Hear Tape Of Lawmaker Allegedly Counting Bribe Money

Jurors at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial have heard a secret FBI recording in which the Chicago Democrat appears to accept a $7,000 bribe — counted out in seven, $1,000 stacks.

06/03/2014

Photo Of Jorge Torrez (Handout Photo)

Ex-Marine On Death Row In Virginia Faces Murder Trial In Lake County

A former north suburban man sentenced to death last Friday in Virginia murder will likely stand trial in Lake County later this summer for the brutal murder of two young girls on Mother’s Day 2005.

06/02/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Agent: Wiretap Request Misstated Informant Record

Agent Ryan McDonald testified Friday at state Rep. Derrick Smith’s trial. McDonald says the application for a wiretap indicated the campaign worker-turned-informant had one arrest. He actually had 22.

05/30/2014

Convicted serial killer Nicholas Sheley (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Man Convicted Of Killing 4 With Hammer

A man serving life sentences for two killings was convicted Thursday in the deaths of four others who were fatally beaten with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment.

05/30/2014

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)

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

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)

Opening Statements Given In Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

Derrick 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.

05/29/2014

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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

Nicholas Sheley

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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