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Crime & Law

3 years
ago

Are Police Sketch Artists Becoming Obsolete?

THE EYES HAVE IT: If police sketches help nab crooks, why are they a dying art? And how do sketch artists make heads or tails of witnesses’ memories anyway? I launch an investigation to find out

3 years
ago

The Arrest of Sam Hurd and the Trials of Drug Sentencing

The Bears’ receiver and special-teams captain faces a maximum of 40 years and a $5 million fine if he’s convicted of drug trafficking. But if his football predecessors in the drug trade are any indication, expect a lighter sentence.

4 years
ago

Meet Garry McCarthy, Chicago’s New Top Cop

Rahm Emanuel announced today that the head of Newark’s police department will be the next superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. There’s a lot that’s familiar: experience with technologies like Compstat and surveillance cameras, and union tensions.

4 years
ago

How Blagojevich Lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Plans to Defend His Client

MIGHTY MOUTH: The defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. doesn’t merely argue cases—he performs, typically closing with an eruption of righteous indignation, and his clients (R. Kelly, for one) often walk free. Now Adam is set to strut and fret upon the brightly lit stage of former governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial—and he aims to bring down the house

5 years
ago

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Al Capone—Excerpt from Get Capone

THE COLDEST CASE: Since February 14, 1929, when seven men were gunned down inside a Clark Street garage, the mastermind behind the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre has remained a mystery, though suspicions usually point to Al Capone. Now a new biographer has uncovered fresh information implicating a different suspect—a forgotten Chicago felon with a simple and timeless motive: revenge.

6 years
ago

Paying with the Past

Lawyers for victims of two 20th-century terrorist bombings are trying to force the sale of a cache of 2,500-year-old Persian tablets currently on loan to Chicago’s Oriental Institute.

6 years
ago

The Bully of Toulon

From our September 2002 issue: For years, a rough-hewn man named Curt Thompson threatened and intimidated his neighbors in the small farming community of Toulon, Illinois. Many complained about him, and a few filed charges, yet little was done, and residents learned to alter their lives to avoid him. Then one night, authorities say, a newcomer paid him a call, and the town’s worst fears came true

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