Thursday, September 15, 2016
Crooked Chicago ex-cop Jerome Finnigan wants out of prison early for informing & flipping on others
In letters to federal prosecutors in Chicago and Washington, a lawyer for Finnigan listed his “substantial cooperation,” saying he:
Identified two Chicago Police supervisors who participated in warrantless searches and filed false reports.
Told about a Chicago Police officer working with a federal border agent to rip off drug dealers.
Tipped the feds about a mob-connected Florida man’s tax-evasion scheme.
Warned law-enforcement officials about a Polish motorcycle club’s plot to attack Jewish schools and synagogues.
Let the feds know about a doctor involved in an illegal “pill mill” on the Southwest Side.
Provided information about a Chicago cop and his relationship to Mexican cartel associates Pedro and Margarito Flores.
There’s no evidence from the public record that any of those tips has resulted in a criminal prosecution.
In April, Finnigan wrote a handwritten letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Netols, the lead prosecutor in the case, saying, “any time off would be greatly appreciated, six months, a year? I did my best to help you Brian, I have served way more [prison time] than anyone else.”
Finnigan also wrote a letter to the court saying, “The U.S. attorney is going to use some of my information to prosecute individuals.” He added that prosecutors chose not to seek a reduction of his prison sentence “because of the political climate and my former position as a police officer.”
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