Background: The Mob on trial
March 22, 2009
A lawyer for Outfit hit man Nicholas Calabrese has asked a judge for mercy, noting Calabrese's decision to cooperate in the landmark Family Secrets investigation almost certainly saved lives.
March 13, 2009
Deciding Anthony Doyle's punishment didn't really come down to whether he was a good cop or an Outfit handyman, a federal judge said Thursday.
February 6, 2009
In the long history of the Chicago Outfit, few murders have captured national attention like the killings of Anthony and Michael Spilotro, two brothers found battered and buried in an Indiana cornfield in 1986.
February 3, 2009
As he stood addressing a crowded federal courtroom Monday, Joseph Seifert recalled how confused he was almost 35 years ago as he stared out the window of a squad car at his father's lifeless body.
January 29, 2009
To the bitter end Wednesday, Frank Calabrese Sr. denied he was a feared mob hit man responsible for more than a dozen gangland slayings.
January 27, 2009
Convicted mob thief Paul "the Indian" Schiro was like a sleeper agent, a federal judge said Monday, an Outfit associate who did little but lie in wait for years before suddenly getting an order to do something horrible.
September 10, 2008
What Nicholas Ferriola offered the Chicago Outfit was trustworthiness, a federal judge said Tuesday as he sentenced Ferriola to 3 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy case known as Family Secrets.
August 15, 2008
A bit player in the Family Secrets mob conspiracy case was sentenced to more than 3 years in prison Thursday by a federal judge who noted it takes a lot of low-level associates of the Chicago Outfit to make the organization work.
July 25, 2008
In the Chicago Outfit's long, sordid history, few mobsters talked tougher than Frank "the German" Schweihs, and even fewer carried out their threats with his cruel enthusiasm.
July 23, 2008
Federal authorities in the landmark Family Secrets mob case estimate the Chicago Outfit has raked in more than $20 million from illicit activities since the 1960s.
July 9, 2008
A peripheral player in the Family Secrets mob prosecution was sentenced to 6 months in prison in federal court Tuesday for taking part in an illegal gambling operation.
June 11, 2008
Reputed Chicago Outfit enforcer Frank "the German" Schweihs apparently woke up on the wrong side of the jail bunk Tuesday.
June 3, 2008
A reputed mob hit man who missed last year's landmark Family Secrets trial because he was too sick to face a jury has signed a do-not-resuscitate order, a judge said Monday, complicating his jail arrangements.
April 11, 2008
A federal judge Thursday denied a new trial in the Family Secrets mob case, saying he didn't find that an alleged threat by one defendant against a prosecutor tainted jurors.
March 21, 2008
At a closed-door hearing, a federal judge questioned a juror from last summer's Family Secrets mob trial who alleged that a reputed mobster mouthed a threat to a prosecutor during closing arguments, an attorney who was present said Thursday.
March 12, 2008
Saying he was swayed by a family's plea for mercy, a federal judge sentenced a mob figure to 8 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for passing information to his imprisoned half-brother, a reputed Outfit boss.
12:01 AM CDT, September 28, 2007
Jurors assigned blame in some of the most infamous gangland killings in the city's history Thursday, agreeing with prosecutors that the Chicago Outfit used fists, ropes, knives, guns and a bomb to conduct its dark business.
September 11, 2007
As the jury's sweeping guilty verdict came crashing down Monday on the Chicago Outfit, the five defendants in the Family Secrets conspiracy trial sat still, their faces fixed in emotionless stares.
August 15, 2007
After stopping momentarily to flirt with the blond court reporter and swearing to tell the truth with a raspy "I do," Joey "the Clown" Lombardo lowered himself onto the witness stand with the help of a cane.
July 20, 2007
The lawyer started with "Good afternoon, Mr. Calabrese," but things didn't stay cordial for long.
June 17, 2007
With the sweeping "Family Secrets" conspiracy trial just days from starting, reputed mobster Joey "the Clown" Lombardo was looking pretty relaxed.
May 21, 2005
In a hush-hush proceeding, Nicholas W. Calabrese, the government's star witness in its prosecution of top Outfit bosses in 18 mob murders, was arraigned Friday in federal court in connection with the murders.
May 4, 2005
A letter purportedly penned by Joey "the Clown" Lombardo says the reputed mob boss would turn himself in if certain conditions were met--an offer swiftly rejected by a federal judge.
April 30, 2005
The mob told Anthony Spilotro he was going to be promoted to a "capo," a street boss running a huge territory. His brother Michael was to become a "made" member, a trusted insider.
2:22 PM CDT, April 25, 2005
In one of the biggest strikes in Chicago's history against the mob, federal authorities today began rounding up alleged organized crime figuresincluding outfit boss Joseph "The Clown" Lombardoin connection with a string of 18 unsolved murders and one attempted murder dating back to 1970.
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