Chicago: There Goes the Judge

There Goes the Judge

Convicted on more than 50 counts of fraud and racketeering, Cook County Circuit Judge Richard F. LeFevour, 54, faced a possible 300 years in prison and fines of $103,000 when he appeared last week, gaunt and obviously unwell, for sentencing by U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle. "The man is dying," Defense Lawyer Patrick Tuite asserted, and Norgle announced that because the defendant suffers from a rare liver disease, he was setting the penalty at only twelve years in prison. LeFevour had been charged with taking some $400,000 in bribes to fix drunken-driving cases and parking tickets in Cook County traffic court....

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