5 men found guilty in Chicago mob trial; conspiracy involved 18 murders

September 10, 2007 22:53

A federal jury found five aging men guilty Monday in a racketeering conspiracy that involved decades of extortion, loan sharking and murder aimed at rubbing out anyone who dared stand in the way of the ruthless Chicago mafia. The verdicts capped an extraordinary 10-week trial that laid bare some of the inner workings of what is known as The Outfit. The prosecution's star witness was an admitted hit man who took the stand against his own brother to spell out the allegations, crime by crime. The jury heard 10 weeks of testimony and evidence, then deliberated less than 20 hours before finding all five guilty.

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