Jury selection to begin in Beavers tax evasion trial

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Jury selection is expected to begin Monday afternoon in the trial of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers.

Beavers, a former Chicago Alderman, is accused of diverting more than $200,000 of campaign money for his personal use, and not paying tax on it until he learned he was being investigated.

Beavers argues, he ultimately paid the money he owed.

He also claims, the FBI targeted him because he refused to cooperate in an investigation of fellow Commissioner John Daley.

Beavers’ attorneys say he is ready to tell his side of the story, including his claim that the case is really about retribution.

“This man wants to get up there, should get up there and tell exactly what happened here,” defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. told reporters today at the Dirksen Federal Building.    “At the end of that, you’re going to see that he not only should be acquitted, but will.”

The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.

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