Thursday, September 06, 2007

Intimidation Request by Jury in Mob Trial

A federal court jury considering the biggest Chicago mob trial in years has asked for the legal definition of the word "intimidation."

ShopPBS.OrgFederal Judge James Zagel told attorneys about the jurors' request late this morning. He asked attorneys to return at 1:30 with proposals on how the word should be defined.

The five defendants are accused of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy including 18 murders dating back to 1970, illegal gambling, loan sharking and extortion. Save 15% when you Shop by PBS Series! Expires 9.17.07

In the indictment, the Chicago Outfit is accused of using threats, violence and intimidation to discipline members and associates -- and also to collect street tax and juice loan debts.

The jury is in its third day of deliberations.

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