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  • Zagel and the next crooked pols

    Zagel and the next crooked pols
    "He was corrupt when he took the oath of office. He was corrupt until the day he was arrested." —Federal prosecutor Reid Schar at the sentencing of Rod Blagojevich, Dec. 7, 2011. "My life is in ruins. … I have nobody to blame but myself for...
  • William Heirens, known as the 'Lipstick Killer,' dead

    William Heirens, known as the 'Lipstick Killer,'  dead
    For decades, Betty Finn and Jim Degnan had to relive the gruesome details of their sister’s murder. Every year for 29 years, they attended parole hearings for William Heirens -- Chicago’s notorious “Lipstick Killer” who...
  • Patti Blagojevich pleads with judge: 'Be merciful'

    Patti Blagojevich pleads with judge: 'Be merciful'
    Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing has ended for the day, with the defense emphasizing the damage a long prison sentence would have on Blagojevich’s family. Lawyer Aaron Goldstein also read a letter read to the court from Blagojevich’s...
  • Team Blago's 'Submission in response to pre-sentence report and in aid of sentencing

     
    I can't easily render this 72-page .pdf image file of the recent filing by lawyers for convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich into text, but if anyone out there with an OCR scanner and some time on your hands wants to......
  • Avoiding 'prison,' revisited

     
    Prior to former Gov. George Ryan's sentencing in 2006 I collected, with the help of readers, some euphemisms and other slang terms for prison. Seems like a good time to post that list and solicit new entries: *The house with......
  • Blagojevich offers judge boilerplate humbug in a weaselly 'no-pology'

     
    I'm such a news geek that I went to the sentencing of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich today even though I'm on vacation, and then decided to offer a column for tomorrow's paper on one aspect of the proceedings. The sentence......
  • From the archives: The annotated George Ryan sentencing speech

     
    Here is my annotated version of the the remarks of former Gov. George Ryan to U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer at Ryan’s sentencing hearing on Sept. 6, 2006. Thank you very much, your Honor, for the opportunity to address......
  • Blago's Rocky Mountain, 'Hi!'

     
    We learned this week that, as expected, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin serving his 14-year prison sentence at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, just southwest of Denver (left) Carolyn Gurland, one of his defense...
  • Marilyn Lemak speaks

     
    Stacy St. Clair reports on the first interview granted by Marilyn Lemak, 54, the Naperville woman who murdered her three children in March, 1999. Lemak, who is serving a life sentence at the Dwight Correctional Center, refused many requests for......
  • Compromise proposal: Microphones in the courtroom

     
    Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law column this morning reports that Cook County Judge Charles Burns has barred reporters from tweeting in court during the trial of William Balfour. Balfour is charged with murdering three family members of singer and actress...
  • 'It feels like a betrayal'

    The parents of a Northbrook teenager who killed herself a week after accusing a University of Notre Dame football player of sexually attacking her say they feel betrayed by the school they love and that several generations of their family have attended....