> Bob Cooley . .. . > Butch Petrocelli . > Tony Spilotro
> Pat Marcy . . . . .> Judge Maloney .. > Count Dante
> Harry Aleman. ..> Judge Wilson . . ..> Ed Genson
> Marco D'Amico ..> Alderman Roti. .. > Guest Appearances
> John D'Arco Sr ..> John D'Arco Jr

Harry Aleman in 1977. He was the Outfit’s top Hit Man, and would later be dubbed, "the killing machine."

I took a deep breath. “You know who I just bumped into?” I asked.

Harry leaned closer to me.

“The judge,” I said.

Harry pulled away. “What do you mean ‘the judge’?”

“The judge on your case,” I said. “Frank Wilson.”

As soon as he heard the name, Harry jumped off the stool. “I don’t want to talk about it,” he hissed. “Don’t ever mention that name again. Don’t ever say nothing again.”

“Motherf***er,” I thought. I once instructed this guy to never discuss anything illegal from his past. What could be more illegal than fixing your own murder trial? “If someone brings it up,” I used to tell him, “assume you’re talking into a wire.”

When Corruption Was King
© 2004 by Robert Cooley and Hillel Levin

  From 1986 to 1989, criminal defense attorney Robert Cooley wore a recording device and developed criminal cases against mobsters and corrupt officials. His investigation led to nine federal trials in the Nineties and convictions or guilty pleas for twenty-four.  

“Bob is every bit the hero because he didn’t have to
do what he did.”

Tom Durkin, former First
Assistant U.S. Attorney

“The man is a paragon of corruption. The man is
walking slime.”

Criminal Defense Attorney
Edward M. Genson

Never has a federal investigation accomplished
so much, and never has an investigation revolved as
much around one man. But
to this day, the reasons why Cooley decided to cooperate with federal authorities remain a mystery.

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