The Mystery Surrounding Robert Cooley Never has a federal investigation accomplished so much, and never has an investigation revolved as much around one man. But to this day, the reasons why Cooley decided to cooperate with federal authorities remain a mystery. Speculation on his motives has appeared in the media, true crime books and even a novel by Scott Turow (Personal Injuries). Only now, with brutal honesty, is Robert Cooley ready to tell the full story. He does not hide his own illegal activity as a gambler, bribe dispensing lawyer or master fixer for the Mob. But always, ticking away in the back of his conscience, was the example of Cooley’s own father, a police detective and a devout Catholic, too honest to rise too high in the CPD.
From 1986 to 1989, criminal defense attorney Robert Cooley wore a recording device and developed criminal cases against mobsters and corrupt officials. His investigation led to nine federal trials in the Nineties and convictions or guilty pleas for twenty-four.