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U.S. District Judge James Zagel won't sentence the main defendants in the Family Secrets trial until the spring of next year at the earliest.

Zagel said he would give federal prosecutors until the end of February next year to file their responses to the defense lawyers' request for a new trial for their clients.

Then defense attorneys will likely get a month or more to respond to the prosecution's arguments.

Sentencings also get delayed for a variety of reasons, so it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibilities that the main defendants could be sentenced in the summer.

The jury found Joseph Lombardo, James Marcello and Frank Calabrese liable for a total of 10 murders.

Jurors deadlocked on the remaining eight, including one involving Paul "The Indian" Schiro.

There's been no sentencing date set.

Did all the families get justice?

Did the men get a fair trial?

What's the appropriate punishment?

Let's hear your verdict.

We've Got a Verdict

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The jury in the Family Secrets mob trial has reached a verdict on some of the 18 mob murders before them but appear deadlocked on others after eight days of deliberation, the judge in case said Thursday afternoon.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel appeared likely to take what verdicts the jury had reached a decision on and announce them publicly and then poll the jurors on the remaining counts as to whether further deliberation would do any good.

Last Friday, the jury sent the judge a note, asking if it could complete deliberations if it were unanimous on some counts but not on others, the judge revealed for the first time in court.

The judge replied that they could, but only if they had exhausted all reasonable efforts.

The jury is deliberating on which of four defendants — Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, Frank Calabrese Sr., James "Little Jimmy" Marcello and Paul "The Indian" Schiro - are accountable for 18 previously unsolved murders.
All four men and a fifth defendant, crooked retired Chicago cop Anthony "Twan" Doyle, not accused of the murders, were previously convicted of racketeering for their roles in the Chicago Outfit.

If any of the four men are found to have committed a single Outfit murder by the jury, it will likely result in a life sentence for that defendant.

The jury wants a transcript

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The jury in the Family Secrets case will be getting a transcript of testimony involving defendant Paul "The Indian" Schiro.

The move comes after the jury sent as note to the judge Thursday afternoon regarding the matter.

The judge, in a hearing Friday morning, didn't specify which testimony the jurors wanted but said he would send it back in its entirety sometime today.

Even though it's half a country away, the Phil Spector trial became an issue briefly Thursday in the Family Secrets trial.

Spector is the famous record producer charged with killing a restaurant hostess in his home. The jury in his case earlier this week informed the judge they were unable to come to a decision, sparking a firestorm of public criticism.

So how would that affect the Family Secrets jury?

The end is near.

But it's not over yet.

The jury will continue deliberations Wednesday, on whether four defendants committed any of the 18 murders in the indictment.

The attorney for Frank Calabrese Sr., Joseph "The Shark" Lopez, is a lawyer known in the press world as media friendly.

He's also quick with a quote, eager with a quip.

He's a flashy dresser, from the bottom of his pink socks to the top of the knot in his pink tie.

Like many folks, he enjoys the glare of the media spotlight.

And he appeared to be dying to talk Monday after the guilty verdict.

There was just one problem

As the court clerk read out one guilty verdict against him after another, Frank Calabrese Sr. hid.

His lawyer, Joseph "The Shark" Lopez, had lifted a manilla folder in front of Calabrese Sr.'s face, so the people sitting in the gallery couldn't see the look on his face as the verdict was announced.

So what was his facial expression?

Twan's shot at freedom

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Anthony "Twan" Doyle had his bond revoked after the jury found him guilty of racketeering conspiracy in the Famly Secrets case.

Federal prosecutor Mitch Mars argued that Doyle was convicted of a crime of violence.

Namely, Doyle was a juice loan collector for Frank Calabrese Sr. and discussed dealing with a snitch violently.

Doyle's attorney, Ralph Meczyk, protested, saying there was no evidence Doyle ever engaged in any violence at all.

Robert Cooley, one of the most important federal witnesses against the mob in Chicago, praised the jury's verdict on Monday in the Family Secrets case.

"It’s a good thing," Cooley said. "Just as well to get those guys off the street. These guys hadn’t been the main guys for 20 years. These guys in their days were bad guys."

Cooley was instrumental in helping the feds shred the mob's political in the 1st Ward.

Just for the record

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The Last Supper photo

Earlier this week, the attorney for Joseph Lombardo, Rick Halprin, tried to anticipate an argument that he believed the prosecution would make in its rebuttal.

Halprin scoffed at the notion that the famous Last Supper photo of Lombardo, standing, with a group of mobsters sitting around a table, showed Lombardo's 1976 making ceremony.

Secret court hearing

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There was a secret court hearing in the Family Secrets case that was closed to the public.

The contents are under seal.

But the Chicago Sun-Times has learned it involved a juror in the case.

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