WBEZ | abbate http://www.wbez.org/tags/abbate Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Judge won't set aside 'code of silence' verdict http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-wont-set-aside-code-silence-verdict-104512 <p><p>A federal judge has denied a request by the city of Chicago to set aside a landmark verdict that found Chicago police adhere to a code of silence when it comes to rogue officers.</p><p>The ruling stems from a civil trial that ended last month with a verdict against the city. Jurors awarded bartender Karolina Obrycka $850,000 after off-duty officer Anthony Abbate beat her. A videotape of the attack went viral.</p><p>In her Thursday ruling, Judge Amy St. Eve wrote that the judgment has &quot;social value to the judicial system and the public at large.&quot;</p><p>The city <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-could-wipe-away-abbate-verdict-104248">wanted the verdict tossed</a> so it couldn&#39;t be used as a precedent &mdash; though it said it would still pay the bartender.</p><p>Critics accused the city of trying to avoid accountability.</p></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-wont-set-aside-code-silence-verdict-104512 Judge delays decision in 'code of silence' case http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-delays-decision-code-silence-case-104266 <p><p>A federal judge has asked attorneys for more information before deciding on the city of Chicago&#39;s request to erase a landmark judgment that found the police department operates under a code of silence that leads officers to protect rogue colleagues.</p><p>City attorneys say whatever U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve decides won&#39;t affect the jury&#39;s decision to award $850,000 to Karolina Obrycka . She&#39;s the bartender pummeled by off-duty police officer Anthony Abbate in a videotaped 2007 beating.</p><p>Attorney Scott Jebson says the city has agreed to pay Obrycka and will do so by the end of the month. He says the city&#39;s big concern is that the finding of a code of silence can be used as precedent by others seeking massive payouts in the future.</p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-delays-decision-code-silence-case-104266 Judge could wipe away Abbate verdict http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-could-wipe-away-abbate-verdict-104248 <p><p>A federal judge could rule Friday on whether to set aside a jury verdict against an off-duty Chicago cop who beat up a bartender.<br /><br />Anthony Abbate is the former Chicago police officer who was caught on tape beating bartender Karolina Obrycka back in 2007. &nbsp;Last month, jurors decided that a code of silence among Chicago cops helped shield Abbate from police misconduct. The city is set to pay Obrycka $850,000 in damages.<br /><br />But the two parties recently asked a federal judge to set aside the verdict. &nbsp;Locke Bowman, legal director of the Solange and Roderick Macarthur Justice Center at Northwestern, said&nbsp;to wipe out the verdict would be troubling.<br /><br />&quot;If that code of silence exists, it has done extraordinary harm,&quot; Bowman said. It&rsquo;s enabled the Burge scandal, it&rsquo;s enabled the Koschman cover-up, it&rsquo;s enabled hundreds of garden variety instances of police misconduct to go undetected.It is an evil and it needs to be changed.&quot;&nbsp;<br /><br />Mayor Rahm Emanuel said setting aside the verdict would be the right move.</p><p>&quot;This agreement, in my view, closes a chapter on something, before I was mayor [that] happened. And it also allows us to protect the city against future lawsuits,&quot; Emanuel said.</p><p>The motion is scheduled to come before Judge Amy St. Eve on Friday morning. If she grants the motion, Obrycka would still recieve the $850,000.</p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 06:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-could-wipe-away-abbate-verdict-104248