Columnist: Big Mob Trial Implicates Cops
Posted Jun 22, 2007 2:56 PM CST
By Martha Neil
Eighteen murders allegedly committed by killers associated with a Chicago organized crime family known as "the Outfit" remained unsolved for decades because some local police officers were on the side of the criminals, a newspaper columnist suggests.
Testimony in the ongoing "Operation Family Secrets" trial that began this week, if correct, indicates that "the Outfit's reach into local law enforcement will be demonstrated once again" by the end of the trial, writes John Kass in today's Chicago Tribune.
The federal case is one of the biggest mob murder prosecutions in years in Chicago, and has been widely covered since jury selection began earlier this week:
Daily Herald ("A new Chicago mob story is about to begin").
CBS ("Will Fed Trial Put 'Hit' On Chicago Mob?").
AP (Real mob not like 'The Sopranos,' jury told).
Miami Herald ("Alleged Chicago mob hitman too sick to stand trial)"