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9 people face federal racketeering charges in chicago

A seven-years-long investigation by a variety of federal agents has led to criminal charges against nine Chicago residents. Each of these people were already in federal or state custody when the indictment was issued. These people face federal racketeering charges stemming from a variety of violent behavior. According to federal investigators, the nine people were members of a South Side gang and had been involved in the murder of five individuals between 2006 and 2008. The federal authorities also accuse…

Illinois doctor faces federal charges after state charges dropped

Federal crimes are very serious. They are investigated, prosecuted and sentenced in the federal court system. Within that system, those accused face serious punishments. While people have many of the same protections in federal court as they do in state court, the federal court has vast resources in which it can investigate and prosecute federal crimes. Recently an Illinois doctor has been accused of federal crimes. In August 2013, state officials raided his office and arrested the doctor. However, recently…

Illinois man faces federal pornography charges

Federal prosecutors can prosecute people for a large variety of crimes including for peoples’ conduct on the internet. With so many of peoples’ interactions being online, the government has increased its monitoring of the internet. One area in which federal prosecutors are particularly aggressive is with online child pornography. Recently, federal prosecutors have announced that a 32-year-old Illinois man has been charged with accessing child pornography online. Officially, he has been charged with accessing photos or videos of minors engaged…

Sex offender registry results in long lasting effects

There can be serious social and legal consequences when someone is accused of a sex crime. Even allegations of sex crimes can lead to damage to peoples’ reputations which can cause problems with peoples families, friends and employers. When people are convicted of a sex crime, they will often face serious penalties including long prison sentences. In addition to prison time, people may also be required to register on the Illinois sex offender registry. Once listed on the registry, people…

National undercover investigation leads to sex crime charges

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials go to great lengths to protect children. These types of crimes, and the police’s attempts to stop them, are highly publicized in the news media. People accused of child sex abuse, in particular, become the subject of news stories from the moment they are arrested. This is a problem for those accused of sex crimes because it can make it harder for them to get fair criminal proceedings or to be treated as…

Chicago men suspected in child pornography cases

A Chicago area resident has been arrested for charges relating to child pornography. In this case, a 77-year-old man was charged with manufacturing child pornography and obstruction of justice. He could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for the pornography charge and up to 20 years on the obstruction of justice charge. According to authorities he was involved in making pornography involving a minor in July 2012. He is said to have convinced the girl to engage…

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