Mock trial for Al Capone features who’s who of Chicago law and order

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CHICAGO -- Chicago is synonymous with Michael Jordan and Al Capone.

It also has some of the best trial lawyers in the country so it’s no wonder the American Bar Association decided to put on a mock trial for its annual litigation meeting.

The mock trial, which took place at the Goodman Theater, read like a who’s who of Chicago lawyers with former U.S. Attorneys Anton Valukas and Patrick Fitzgerald, personal injury attorney Bob Clifford, and two federal judges.  Also taking part was former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. He played Frank Farrell, a private investigator who said Capone didn’t orchestrate the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

Capone never went on trial for the massacre on February 14, 1929. On that day, seven men in a rival gang lead by Bugs Moran were lured to a warehouse on Clark St and gunned down by men wearing Chicago police uniforms.  Capone was in Florida at the time of the murders but it was always assumed he was involved.