> 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

Thomas J. Maloney, upon becoming a full Cook County Circuit Court judge in 1977.

Once he got behind the bench, Maloney grew even more pompous and overbearing. He screamed at court clerks and bailiffs like they were his servants. He had no problem with waltzing into court late and kept everyone around into the night when that suited him. If defense lawyers were not paying him off, he belittled them in court and buried their clients under ridiculously severe sentences. He put as many men on Death Row as any judge in the system, and held himself out as the ultimate protector of Law and Order. In fact, for the right price, he would let anyone off for any crime. Absolutely anyone. I couldn’t stand his bulls**t hypocrisy. We were bound to be on a collision course – just by being in the same courtroom.

Photograph by Jim Frost. As published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Inc. © 2004 by Chicago Sun-Times, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

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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