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15th Judge Guilty in Chicago Court Probe

Associated Press

A judge found guilty of tax evasion is the 15th judge from the Cook County Circuit Court to be convicted or plead guilty as a result of the Operation Greylord investigation.

A U.S. District Court jury on Tuesday convicted Judge John J. McDonnell on three counts of tax evasion but could not reach a verdict on two counts of extortion and one count each of racketeering and obstructing justice.

McDonnell, 53, was appointed to the bench in 1971. He could face a maximum sentence of nine years in prison on the three tax evasion counts. Since his indictment nine months ago, McDonnell has been on paid leave from the court.


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