IL: Lawyers for former alderman argue “no reasonable jury” could convict him in corruption case

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Whether a job can be considered ‘property’ and what constitutes an ‘official act’ were the focus of court arguments Wednesday in ex-Chicago Ald. Edward Burke’s corruption case, where Burke’s attorneys made a long-shot bid for a retrial on some counts and an outright acquittal on others. Burke, 80, was convicted by a jury in December of racketeering conspiracy and a dozen other counts for using the clout of his elected office to try to win private law business from developers and pressure the Field Museum to hire his goddaughter. Burke is scheduled to be sentenced June 24. Before that, however, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall must deal with a motion by Burke’s attorneys to toss out portions of the jury’s decision and acquit the former alderman on nine counts.” (06/05/24)