Some Get “Life” in La Cosa Nostra Trial - I
May 29, 2009
Racketeering. Murders. The mob. All part of an FBI investigation called “Family Secrets.”
Mr. Schiff: Racketeering. Murders. The mob. All part of an FBI investigation called “Family Secrets.”
Ms. Yates: "This was an eight-year investigation that targeted the Chicago La Cosa Nostra (LCN), or mafia, if you will.”
Mr. Schiff: That’s Cynthia Yates at the FBI’s office in Chicago.
Ms. Yates: "It began in 1999 and culminated with the 2005 indictment and arrest of 14 known or suspected members of the Chicago LCN.”
Mr. Schiff: That included a Chicago policeman and a Cook County sheriff’s deputy. Charges ranged from racketeering to murder in connection with 18 gangland slayings in the Chicago area dating back to 1970. Yates says that this five-month trial featured a first.
Ms. Yates: "The first case ever where a made member of the Chicago LCN testified in court.”
Mr. Schiff: It was a man, already in prison, who was the son of one of the mob’s leaders. All were convicted, and sentences ranged from 12 years to life in federal prison. I’m Neal Schiff of the Bureau, and that’s the FBI’s Closed Case of the Week.”
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