WBEZ | Obrycka http://www.wbez.org/tags/obrycka Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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