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Cook County probation department's gun cases fall apart
Friday, September 26, 2014 Chicago Tribune by Cynthia Dizikes and Todd Lighty
One by one, a series of weapons cases have fallen apart in Cook County criminal courts.
In two cases, prosecutors dropped charges. In another two, a judge or a jury found defendants not guilty. The cases have one aspect in common: the Cook County Adult Probation Department's gang unit.
Weapons charges were brought against the defendants after probation officers from the gang unit, accompanied at times by Chicagopolice and FBI agents, conducted warrantless searches of homes of probationers and others.