Jury Convicts 5 in 'Family' Affair

Chicago's top kingpin nailed in 'Family Secrets' case
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 5:20 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Chicago’s top mob boss was one of five men convicted today in a trial federal authorities dubbed “Operation Family Secrets” after one defendant's relatives offered unprecedented cooperation. Testimony from the son and brother of alleged hit man Frank Calabrese was key in convicting him, along with three Outfit cohorts and an ex-cop, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Among the convicted were James "Little Jimmy" Marcello, allegedly Chicago’s top mobster, and legendary figure Joey “the Clown” Lombardo, once convicted of bribing a senator. The case centered on decades of gangland slayings, 18 in all. Though the jury convicted all five of racketeering conspiracy, the panel has yet to decide which defendants will face life imprisonment for murder.