Jury Convicts Former Chicago Transportation Administrator in Red Light Camera Case
Jan 27, 2016 03:17 AM EST
Former deputy of Chicago Transportation John Bills received 20 counts of guilty verdicts from the Chicago Justice Court. Bills was accused of being paid with a large amount of money as well as receiving numerous offers such as luxury car, and condominiums to assist the Redflex Traffic System in achieving a 10-year contract.
Bill was slapped with 20 counts of mail and wire fraud, bribery, extortion, conspiracy and tax evasion charges on Monday. However, Dispatch News reports he seemed calm after the verdict of juries, spearheaded by Judge Virginia Kendall, was announced.
The "red light camera" case which was premeditated by the jury of 7 men and 5 women has Bills facing an utmost coalesce sentence of 304 years in the prison when the sentence is ready on May 5.
After the trial, Nishay Sanan, the defendant's attorney, addressed that "The fight is far from over, the persons who are guilty of this know who they are. We don't expect them to come forward; John is going to continue to fight for his conscience".
According to ABC news, throughout the latter part of the squabble, the camp of John Bills reported that some Chicago officials are also related to this case. Sanan threw out names counting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Chicago Alderman Edward Burke, and the Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
However, based on the report of Washington Times, the statement of Sanan was immediately scrutinized by the U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon. He said that the statement of Sanan has no basis for that angle.
Fardon faced the juror and stated that "The idea that lobbyists were paid to funnel money to people like Mike Madigan and Ed Burke and Rahm Emanuel is pretty grandiose, but there is not one single shred of evidence that supports any of it".
The Former Redflex official Karen Finley was also proven guilty regarding with the same case. She is expected to face her sentence this year.
John Bills has withdrawn his position as deputy commissioner in 2011, and was incriminated with this case in 2014.