trial against Ald. Daley Thompson Set For Feb. 4 On Charges Of Non-Paying Taxes And Lying To Feds | Chicago News
Rising COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant will not delay Ald’s trial. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th Circuit) on seven charges of lying to federal bank regulators and filing false tax returns, a judge ruled on Friday.
Daley Thompson’s trial is scheduled to begin on February 4 and will last no more than eight days, according to a fast-paced trial schedule outlined by U.S. District Judge Franklin Valderrama on Friday. Daley Thompson, 52, pleaded not guilty to all charges in May.
Members of the public and news media are barred from entering the courtroom to stop the spread of COVID-19, Valderrama said. All witnesses and attorneys must remain masked unless they speak and tell the judge under oath that, per the judge’s decision, they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
All participants in the study, including the jury, must be tested regularly for COVID-19, Valderrama said.
In a series of rulings, Valderrama said he would allow Daley Thompson’s attorneys to admit evidence that Daley Thompson filed amended tax returns in April 2019 and acknowledged that his allegation that he paid interest on a loan he from the now defunct Washington Federal Bank for Savings in Bridgeport and entitled to a five-year federal income tax deduction was false.
In an April 2021 indictment, federal prosecutors alleged that Daley Thompson knew he had made only one payment on the $219,000 loan, but then stopped making payments and did not pay interest on the monies received.
Attorneys for Daley Thompson argued during a hearing on Monday that the councilman, who is also an attorney for the law firm Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, changed his tax returns before being questioned by federal agents investigating the failure of the Bank.
That question brought renewed attention to a decades-old verdict in a criminal case against former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. The judge in that case refused to allow Beavers’ attorneys to present evidence that he filed amended tax returns after he was approached by federal agents. This judgment was upheld on appeal.
In his only public statement on the criminal charges he faces, Daley Thompson said he made “accidental mistakes in tax preparation” and blamed his “mis-memory of the size of a personal bank loan.”
In a separate ruling, Valderrama prevented Daley Thompson’s attorneys from making arguments that focused on the intelligence of the city councilman, who is the grandson of former Mayor Richard J. Daley and the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Cook County Commissioner John Daley is.
However, Valderrama said he will decide during the trial whether Daley Thompson’s attorneys can make arguments about his “attention span,” “poor memory, and “disorganization.”
Additionally, Valderrama said he will determine during the trial whether Daley Thompson’s attorney can provide evidence of Daley Thompson’s civil service records.
Eleven other people, including several senior former bank employees, have already been charged as part of the ongoing federal criminal investigation into Washington Federal’s failure.
Most recently, William Mahon, a former senior official at Chicago’s Department of Roads and Sanitation, was accused of willfully filing false tax returns as part of the federal investigation into the bank’s collapse, which was first exposed by the Chicago Sun-Times in a reporting series starting in 2019.
However, Valderrama ruled that the jury in the Daley Thompson cases will not hear arguments about the larger investigation.
Daley Thompson is one of three incumbent Chicago City Council members charged with federal crimes.
Ald. Ed Burke (14th Circuit) has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of corruption and has been awaiting trial since his indictment in May 2019. Ald. Carrie Austin (34th Circuit) was charged in August with bribery and lying to federal agents and has also pleaded not guilty.
Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]