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Jason Meisner
Chicago Tribune reporter covering the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago
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Jason Meisner 10h
“All — see below hate crime. This will be a heater.”
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Jason Meisner 16h
"I don’t think it sends the right message for ...an elected official, a former police officer, who stole money from his charity funds to feed a gambling habit and to pay other personal expenses, to get effectively a slap on the wrist,” Lightfoot said. “I thought it was shameful.”
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Jason Meisner 16h
Asked about Willie Cochran case at an unrelated event on Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the 1-year sentence "embarrassing" and "effectively a slap on the wrist." Per
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Jason Meisner 19h
Federal jury finds Brendt Christensen guilty of kidnapping, murder of Chinese scholar at U. of I.
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Jason Meisner 19h
UPDATE: Ex-Ald. Willie Cochran was contrite in court. But afterwards he said he was railroaded. "The Justice Department is allowing their prosecutors to tell lies and hide evidence,' he said.
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Ben Zigterman 20h
The jury's reached a verdict
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Jason Meisner 20h
U.S. Attorney John Lausch didn't address Cochran’s allegations, saying instead he was satisfied that the sentence will discourage the "‘where’s mine?’ culture” in Chicago politics. “A sentence if imprisonment, it does mean something,” Lausch said. “It’s common sense.”
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Jason Meisner 20h
“There’s no justice in this,” Cochran told reporters in the lobby of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. “I’m not happy about it, my family is not happy about it. But you know, the fact of the matter is, it’s never gonna be right. Not under these circumstances."
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Jason Meisner 20h
A defiant Cochran tells reporters his sentencing is "a bump in the road" and that he intends to come back "and get everything back that was stolen from us."
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Jason Meisner 20h
Willie Cochran just accuses prosecutors of lying and hiding evidence in his case. Says pleading guilty was “a mistake.”
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Michael Tarm 21h
I’m at the Brendt trial in Peoria, jurors have begun deliberations after closing arguments in the case alleging he kidnapped, raped and killed . More details shortly.
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Jason Meisner 21h
Story here: Ex-Ald. Willie Cochran given 1 year in prison for misusing ward charitable fund
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Jason Meisner 21h
Judge also orders Willie Cochran to notify the government if he hits it big at the casino while on supervised release after prison. He also has to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings.
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Jason Meisner 21h
Replying to @jmetr22b
Cochran will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence, or about 10 months.
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Jason Meisner 21h
///BREAKING/// Ex-Ald. Willie Cochran sentenced to 1 year in prison for stealing money from a ward charity fund and using it for gambling trips and other personal expenses.
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Jason Meisner 21h
Willie Cochran is going to prison, judge says. He says probation would do nothing to deter other politicians considering abusing their power.
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Jason Meisner 21h
Judge: Cochran has added his name “to the long and pathetic tradition of political corruption in this city and state.”
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Jason Meisner 21h
Judge Alonso: There is no doubt that Cochran is used his office to benefit himself and “to that extent it is a case of public corruption.”
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Jason Meisner 22h
Grohman says he seriously questions whether any public officials are paying attention to the sentence Cochran gets, especially in light of the recent indictment of Ald. Ed Burke and the FBI raid last week of the ward office of Ald. Carrie Austin.
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Jason Meisner 22h
Cochran says he’s proud of the work he did as alderman. “I’m a community builder,” he says, while also apologizing for “serious mistakes in judgment.”
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