Feds Say Ill. Official Can't Back Up Claim Suit Was Vindictive

Law360, Chicago (November 29, 2012, 8:50 PM EST) -- Prosecutors fought back Thursday against an Illinois county official's recent claim that a criminal tax case set for trial Monday is an instance of “vindictive prosecution” spurred by his refusal to cooperate in probes of other officials, saying the claim is unsupported.

Responding to Cook County Commissioner William Beavers' bid to have the case dismissed, the government said it had sought the indictment “for no reason other than reasonable cause to believe defendant had violated” the law.

Prosecutors acknowledged in their court filing that FBI and...
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