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Jason Meisner
Chicago Tribune reporter covering the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago
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Jason Meisner 21h
Among the potential jurors dismissed in the trial was a full-time Michael Jackson impersonator, a guy who revealed he frequently ordered a sandwich called "El Chapo,” and a man who sought Guzman’s autograph because he’s “a bit of a fan.”
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Jason Meisner 21h
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Both sides were ready to go forward with Daoud’s plea today, but the judge said given how rare Alford pleas are there was no reason to rush. So they’re coming back on Nov. 26. Could be very interesting to see how his sentencing recommendations are worked out if this goes through.
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Jason Meisner 22h
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Daoud had been scheduled to go on trial this month. Prosecutors say an Alford plea will deprive the public of the opportunity to see the evidence against him and undermine the public’s trust in the proceeding.
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Jason Meisner 22h
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Daoud was 18 when he was arrested for allegedly trying to blow up a crowded Loop bar with a car bomb. He’s also charged with soliciting the murder of the undercover FBI agent who investigated him and attacking an inmate with a shank for drawing a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad
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Jason Meisner 22h
JUST IN: Three separate cases against alleged wannabe terrorist bomber Adel Daoud have been consolidated before Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, clearing the way for a rare "Alford plea," where Daoud accepts conviction but admits no wrongdoing. Prosecutors have strongly objected.
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Jason Meisner Nov 16
“I actually cried when I saw it. This was extraordinarily scary for us, that someone like this would target us to try to work around children.”
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Jason Meisner Nov 16
Prosecutors claim conspiracy, defense blasts evidence as 3 Chicago cops face trial in alleged cover-up of...
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Jason Meisner Nov 16
A convicted child sex offender fired from job at Hancock observatory after report moved to Oregon, tried to land job with Ronald McDonald House, prosecutors say.
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Joe Knowles Nov 15
Printed newspapers need to exist just so we can see pages like this one from our brilliant editor Dan Mann.
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Jason Meisner Nov 15
Ex-guard at downtown federal jail pleads guilty to smuggling drugs, cellphone for bribes reports
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Jason Meisner Nov 15
After last-minute motions, the bench trial of the three Chicago police officers accused of covering up the shooting of was just cleared to start on Nov. 26. Prosecutors today asked the judge to grant immunity to Officer Dora Fontaine in exchange for her testimony.
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Jason Meisner Nov 15
I believe that because the charges have no relation to his job then he would keep his pension even if convicted. The feds can garnish it to pay back what he stole, though.
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Chicago Tribune Nov 14
A former Chicago police commander, who earned praise for overseeing big reductions in violence in his district, has been charged with stealing more than $360,000 in Social Security funds in a scheme lasting more than 23 years.
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Jason Meisner Nov 14
///BREAKING/// Lauded ex-Chicago police commander charged with stealing $360,000 from his mother’s Social Security w/
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Jason Meisner Nov 14
I saw this courtroom sketch and thought oh no what is Paul Sorvino on trial for? via
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Jason Meisner Nov 14
Suburban man facing trial over terrorism bomb plot wants to enter unusual guilty plea
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Jason Meisner Nov 14
///BREAKING/// Two weeks before trial, lawyers for Adel Daoud say in court filing that he wants to plead guilty to attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a Loop bar in 2012. Under the so-called "Alford plea" Daoud would be convicted but not admit he did it.
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Jason Meisner Nov 14
Feds bring more to fight on violence in Chicago, U.S. Attorney John Lausch says
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Jason Meisner Nov 14
They’re trying real hard Ringo ...to be the shepherd
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Jason Meisner Nov 14
Replying to @jmetr22b
But no one is ready to celebrate. “The issue that we are facing here is a very stubborn one on the violent crime," Lausch said. "By no means am I suggesting that we’ve got this problem licked. We’re not patting ourselves on the back. We have a lot of work to do.”
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