Background 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. More important, the combined cases have resulted in enduring change for organized crime, unions, city government and the judiciary in the Chicago area.

Landmark Achievements

• Total elimination of the individuals, methods and political apparatus used by Organized Crime to corrupt Chicago’s city government and judiciary.

• The conviction of mobsters along with police, prestigious judges and two of the most powerful elected officials in Chicago and the State of Illinois.

• The first American judge ever (and since) convicted for fixing murder cases.

• The first time ever in modern legal history that the Double Jeopardy protection was overruled – to retry a Mafia Hit Man on murder charges.

When Corruption Was King © 2004 by Robert Cooley and Hillel Levin



“Bob is every bit the hero because he didn’t have to
do what he did.”

Tom Durkin, former First
Assistant U.S. Attorney

“The man is a paragon of corruption. The man is
walking slime.”

Criminal Defense Attorney
Edward M. Genson

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.

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