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.
• 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