to uncover the nefarious assholery of public officials, you had to at least wire up a crooked lawyer or two and bug the right booth at Counsellors Row:
FBI `Sting` Targeting Corrupt Judges, ZoningBut these days all you need to do is sit within earshot of the former director of the NSA when he gets all loud and braggy.
December 02, 1989 By John O`Brien and Ray Gibson. Tribune reporter James Strong contributed to this article.
As the FBI monitored his activities, Cooley, a friend and legal adviser to politicians, acted as a broker for people who wanted to fix court cases or to influence the awarding of zoning changes by city officials, according to the sources.
``This was a guy who could use his powerful friends to get what he wanted,`` said one person familiar with the inquiry.
The investigation, one of the most widespread undercover cases in Chicago`s history, has turned up evidence that judges have continued to take payoffs despite the public spotlight cast by Operation Greylord, which has led to the indictments of 84 people, including judges and prominent lawyers, sources said.
The key targets of the investigation started by Cooley include Ald. Fred Roti (1st), businessman Pat Marcy, at least two Cook County Circuit Court judges and organized crime and gambling figures, the sources said.
Sources familiar with the case said Cooley was an extraordinarily valuable informant whose relationship to politicians and organized crime figures enabled him to provide tips that have led to gambling raids in the 1st Ward over the past year.
His information also helped attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department`s Organized Crime Strike Force persuade a judge to grant permission to bug a booth at Counsellors Row, a downtown restaurant frequented by politicians.