Friday, September 14, 2007

Criminal Defense Attorney Not Happy with Jury's Vacation

A defense lawyer at Chicago's biggest mob trial in years says he's unhappy about a delay in jury deliberations.

Attorney Rick Halprin represents alleged mob capo Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, and he says he doesn't like surprises. UncommonGoodsLombardo and his four co-defendants have already been convicted of taking part in a long-running racketeering conspiracy that included 18 mob murders.

Jurors are now trying to decide if individual defendants are directly responsible for specific murders listed in the indictment. That could boost the maximum sentence to life in federal prison.

After jurors went home last night, U.S. District Judge James Zagel announced that further deliberations would be put off for a week. He didn't give a reason.

Experts suggest the delay's impact on the case is likely to be minimal.

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