> 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

Judge Frank J. Wilson, in 1977, besieged by reporters shortly after his verdict acquitting Harry Aleman of murder.

“Judge,” I said, “before you got involved in the case I told you what it was. I’m in the same spot you are. I feel terrible, but there is nothing I can do about that.”

I then handed him the envelope and said, “Judge, here’s the balance.”

He looked inside. “That’s all I’m going to get?” he asked. “I’m not going to get any more?”

He shook his head and started to limp out of the bathroom. I tried to tell him that I would have given him more, but he turned around and cut me off. “You destroyed me,” he said, and he walked away.

Photograph by Larry Graff 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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