Racketeering Trial for 8 Gang Members Set for September

The judge split the trials into two parts, with three defendants facing the death penalty in one trial

A federal judge has ordered eight purported members of a Chicago street gang to stand trial in September on charges that they participated in a criminal organization that killed six people to maintain their drug-dealing empire on the city's West and Southwest Sides.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that U.S District Judge Thomas Durkin's order to set a trial date for the defendants who aren't eligible for the death penalty follows a decision by Durkin to order that the three other defendants who face the possibility of the death penalty stand trial in September 2020.

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Prosecutors say from the mid-1990s until this year the Four Corner Hustlers committed robberies, extortion and batteries, dealt drugs, robbed rivals and used violence and intimidation to stop victims and witnesses from cooperating with police.

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