WBEZ | prosecution http://www.wbez.org/tags/prosecution Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois ventures into unchartered waters by using own terror laws http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-ventures-unchartered-waters-using-own-terror-laws-100010 <p><p>Three suspects appear in a Chicago court Tuesday to face terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to hurl Molotov cocktails at President Barack Obama&#39;s campaign headquarters.</p><p>But it&#39;ll be state, not federal attorneys handling their case.</p><p>Even as lawmakers in Illinois and at least 35 other states adopted ant-terrorism laws after Sept. 11, 2001, they agreed the anti-terrorist fight was best left to legions of U.S. government lawyers.</p><p>So the decision by Cook County State&#39;s Attorney office to test Illinois&#39; law for the first time against activists arrested before last month&#39;s NATO summit surprised many experts.</p><p>Former federal prosecutor Phil Turner says Illinois state prosecutors are entering &quot;unchartered waters.&quot; He says their lack of manpower and expertise compared with their federal counterparts raises doubts about their ability to secure terrorist convictions.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Defense attorneys say all three intend to enter not-guilty pleas. It&#39;s unclear if they&#39;ll do that Tuesday.</span></p><p><span>All three suspects have remained in jail since their arrests days before May&#39;s NATO summit.</span></p></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-ventures-unchartered-waters-using-own-terror-laws-100010 WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer examines closing arguments in the Blagojevich retrial http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-09/wbezs-robert-wildeboer-examines-closing-arguments-blagojevich-retrial-87 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-09/Blago Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Prosecutors are expected to resume their closing argument on Thursday in the corruption retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. On Wednesday, Prosecutor Carrie Hamilton got about an hour and a half into her close. WBEZ’s criminal and legal affairs reporter Robert Wildeboer says Hamilton’s argument was devastating in its simplicity. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about that and other interesting developments in this fast moving case.</p><p><em>Music Button; Do Make Say Think, "Dr. Hooch", from the CD Do Make Say Think, (Constellation) </em></p></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-09/wbezs-robert-wildeboer-examines-closing-arguments-blagojevich-retrial-87 Prosecutors expected to continue questioning of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-07/prosecutors-expected-continue-questioning-former-gov-rod-blagojevich-875 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-07/Blago Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Prosecutors are expected to resume their questioning of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday. He was on the stand answering their questions all day Monday. Spectators hoping to catch some of the fireworks arrived at 5 a.m. to get tickets inside the courtroom. But the proceedings were much more subdued than the previous week. WBEZ’s Robert Wildeboer has been following all the action and joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for the latest.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Electric Tit", from the CD Moods and Grooves, (Ubiquity)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-07/prosecutors-expected-continue-questioning-former-gov-rod-blagojevich-875