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Prosecutors: Murder Defendant’s Mom Threatened Witness

A northwest Indiana man has been charged with a gang-related killing in Hammond last year, and prosecutors say his mother threatened a witness on Thursday.


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Prosecutors: Man Shot Fellow Gang Member For Being Witness In Court Case

A purported Latin Saint allegedly shot a member of his gang who was a witness in a pending case, authorities said.


Stuart Levine, flanked by his attorneys, leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse (CBS File Photo)

New Play Tells Sordid Tale Of Convicted Politial Insider Stuart Levine

The rise and fall of one of a key Illinois political insider and power broker now behind bars on corruption charges is the basis for a new theater production in Chicago this fall.

WBBM Newsradio–09/03/2013

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Witness To Emmett Till Murder Dies At Age 76

Willie Louis was considered an unsung hero of the civil rights movement for testifying against the two white men charged with killing Till.


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Pastor Who Testified In Peterson Trial Fights Domestic Violence

A Naperville pastor who testified against Drew Peterson in his murder trial is using his notoriety for a higher purpose.

WBBM Newsradio–10/02/2012

Stephanie Edwards, a singer known as “Sparkle,” was the prosecution's key witness against R. Kelly, who was acquitted.(CBS)

R. Kelly Trial Witness Finds Peace, Returns To Music

Stephanie Edwards, a singer known as “Sparkle,” was the prosecution’s key witness against Kelly and the aunt the minor he allegedly videotaped during a sexual encounter.


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

Witness Tells Of Call From Suspect In Jennifer Hudson Family Murders

A friend of the man charged with killing Jennifer Hudson’s family members helped prosecutors fill in some gaps in their case on Monday, telling jurors about seeing William Balfour with the alleged murder weapon, and about a panicked phone call on the day of the murders.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2012

John Harris, former Chief of Staff for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building following his arraignment on charges related to the racketeering and fraud case against Blagojevich April 16, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was arraigned April 14 on 16 criminal counts including racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Blagojevich’s Former Top Aide Seeking Probation At Sentencing

A day after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich reports to prison to begin his 14-year sentence on corruption charges next week, his former chief of staff will be in front of a federal judge, making his plea for leniency for his role in the Blagojevich case.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

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Judge: Blago Lawyer’s Questions ‘Out Of Bounds’

A defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich drew some harsh criticism from the judge at the former governor’s corruption retrial on Monday for repeatedly asking questions that the judge had already ruled were “out of bounds.”

CBS Chicago–05/09/2011

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CPS Student Charged With Murder For Hire Plot

A Cook County Jail inmate has been charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill a witness as he awaited trial on a burglary charge, authorities said.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2011

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Blagojevich Trial Witness Arrested For Shoplifting

A prominent businessman who figured in the corruption trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich is free on bond following arrest on a retail theft charge.

CBS Chicago–11/06/2010

Lynwood Police Officer Brian Dorian Leaves An Attorney's Office Near The Will County Courthouse Oct. 13, 2010. (AP Photo)

How Could Dorian Witness Get It So Wrong?

Expert says eyewitnesses can be overrated.

WBBM Newsradio–10/14/2010