Sorich Conviction Upheld
By Kevin Robinson in News on Apr 16, 2008 1:00PM
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of four former Daley aides yesterday, including City Hall's former patronage chief Robert Sorich. "We concluded that the defendants actions do constitute mail fraud, and that the statute is not unconstitutionally vague as applied to the facts of the case," the three-judge panel said in its 29-page opinion. You can read the whole opinion here. (PDF)
"The court has made its decision and there is nothing I can add to this legal debate," Daley said last night. "It is important to remember that the city has moved forward and upward on many fronts since the events in question. We are operating in close cooperation with the court-appointed monitor in all hiring." The convictions, which stemmed from investigations into corrupt city hiring practices during the Hired Truck scandal resulted in Sorich's conviction on charges of mail fraud in 2006, and sentenced to four years in federal prison. He has remained free on bond pending appeal.
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