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Jason Meisner
Chicago Tribune reporter covering the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago
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Will Van Dyke testify? Defense begins presenting evidence Monday
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Dan Hinkel 8h
Though the official consequences have fallen largely on a few low-ranking cops, here's the evidence of broader and higher accountability in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. By and I
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Jason Meisner Sep 21
One man accused Sgt. Watts of pummeling him in an incinerator room. Another said Watts framed him because his brother didn't pay protection money. A third said Watts took his cash and bought fried chicken for his team--which they ate while typing up a bogus report for his arrest
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Jason Meisner Sep 21
///BREAKING/// Charges to be thrown out against 18 more men whose convictions linked to corrupt ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts.
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Megan Crepeau Sep 21
No court today in the Officer Jason Van Dyke case - testimony resumes Monday. But attorneys are back in the building today for a closed-door meeting about which instructions should be given to the jury
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Chicago Tribune Sep 20
A look at Friday's Chicago Tribune front page: stories by and photos by and Abel Uribe
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
Thursday marked a strong finish for the Van Dyke prosecution after sparring much of the previous day with the defense over which bullets killed the Chicago teen and how quickly he died.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
The prosecution rested its case in the Van Dyke trial. Here are 5 takeaways from Day 4.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
Among the names this guy allegedly used to create bogus reservations was Hans Gruber. Yippie Ki Yay
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
JUST IN: Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran officially scheduled to plead guilty in his bribery case on Nov. 28.
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Stacy St. Clair Sep 20
Jason Van Dyke’s wife, Tiffany, crying in the courtroom and being comforted by family after judge denies the directed verdict.
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Stacy St. Clair Sep 20
Prosecution rests. One juror looks visibly surprised, the rest are stone-faced as usual.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
Trial recessed until Monday, when defense will begin putting on its evidence.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
Gaughan denies the motion for directed verdict.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
CORRECTION: After hearing Herbert's argument, odds are now at a ga-zillion to one. Directed findings are very rare in any case. Even rarer in murder cases, And rarer still in jury trials of high-profile murder charges.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
Dan Herbert now arguing for a directed not guilty verdict from Gaughan. Vegas odds on that happening currently stand at a zillion to one
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
///BREAKING/// Prosecution rests its case in the trial.
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Stacy St. Clair Sep 20
So to confirm because you guys have asked: The prosecution is, indeed, about to rest. However, this is not the last we'll hear from their witnesses. Expect them to call witnesses to rebut Jason Van Dyke's self-defense claim after the defense is done.
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
We thought Judge Gaughan had called for lunch at the reasonable hour of 12;59 p.m. But NO!! It's just a short break. So his streak is intact, right ?
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Jason Meisner Sep 20
Tense cross-examination. Defense attorney Randy Rueckert suggesting Torres' view was blocked by a squad car and that his testimony is based on what he later saw on the video. "No there was no other car in my line of sight," Torres says. "I had a clear view of what was going on."
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