Beavers convicted; Claims he will fight it

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was convicted of tax evasion today but says he will fight, claiming the judge was unfair and the charges trumped up.

It took a jury less than an hour or two to convict him on all counts.

Records show the 78-year-old outspoken Democrat spent 18 days at casinos in some months.  And between 2006 and 2008 he was taking money from his campaign funds and using it for personal expenses or to gamble.  Beavers’s lawyers told the jury he intended to pay it back.

Prosecutors didn’t believe him and neither did the jury.

In court,  Beavers’s attorney said the defendant  had a problem with gambling but he’s no criminal.

Beavers opted not to testify and said the judge never would have let him tell his story, the one where federal agents wanted him to wear a wiretap to catch fellow commissioner John Daley. When he refused, he claims, they went after him.

Beavers now faces three years and $250,000 fine.  He says he wont resign unless he is forced to.

No sentencing date has been set.

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10 comments

  • Shawn

    ATTENTION CHICAGO POLITICIANS: Before you choose Sam Adams and Sam Adams Jr. to represent you please check their win and loss records!!!! Have they won ANY political cases in the last 10 years??? At this point if I get on jury and they are the lawyers I will assume their client is guilty automatically!

  • bigdaddy

    WELL WELL WELL MR HOG.SEE WHERE YOUR BIG MOUTH GOT YOU. NEW NAME FOR YOU MR.BIG HOG JAILBIRD. OH I FORGOT NEW ADDRESS. JOLET STATE PRISON.

  • Jay

    The “hog” just got HOG-TIED! lmao! Awesome. Have fun in the pen, to bad the Feds couldn’t scoop u up earlier in life u piece of shit!! And do us all a favor and fuckin resign!! The old days of doing business are done with! Say hi to blago :))

  • slapshot

    Yet another proud Ill-annoyed political moment brought to the country by the brightest brain dead voting constituents the most corrupt and incompetent politicians can buy.

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