Judge Postpones Verdict in Chicago Police Cover-up Trial - NBC Chicago

Judge Postpones Verdict in Chicago Police Cover-up Trial

Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson is expected to inform attorneys on Wednesday when she will deliver her verdict.

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    Judge Postpones Verdict in Chicago Police Cover-up Trial
    Three Chicago police officers are accused of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

    The judge presiding over the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald has postponed issuing her verdict. 

    Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson notified attorneys that she won't issue her ruling on Wednesday, as she said she would after closing arguments earlier this month.

    She is expected to inform attorneys on Wednesday when she will deliver her verdict. 

    Former Officer Joseph Walsh, Officer Thomas Gaffney and former Detective David March are charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy and official misconduct.

    Defense Attempts to Turn Tables in McDonald Conspiracy Case

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    Arguing for their clients to be acquitted, defense attorneys for three Chicago police officers accused of conspiracy attempted to turn the tables on prosecutors, doubling down on their original contentions that teenager LaQuan McDonald posed a threat the night he was shot and killed. Phil Rogers reports.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018)

    Prosecutors say they lied to shield the officer who shot McDonald, Jason Van Dyke, from prosecution. Their attorneys say there's no evidence of a cover-up.

    Van Dyke is awaiting sentencing on his second-degree murder and aggravated battery convictions. 

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