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Ex-alderman’s attorney seeks no prison time for client

June 7, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a former Chicago alderman who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges is asking a judge not to send his client to prison.

Attorney Christopher T. Grohman argued Thursday against prison time for 67-year-old Willie Cochran, telling a federal judge that previous prison sentences for nearly three dozen Chicago City council members have “not done anything to curb Chicago’s tidal wave of aldermanic corruption cases.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Grohman instead asked the judge for probation with six months of home confinement for the 67-year-old Cochran.

Cochran pleaded guilty in March to one felony count of wire fraud for spending campaign funds on personal purchases, including his daughter’s college tuition. The admission ended the former police officer’s City Council career.

Cochran’s sentencing is set for June 20.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/

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