StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11194612292170.jpg’, ”, ‘Michael A. Ficaro’);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11194612522170.jpg’, ”, ‘Robert Cooley’);
Michael A. Ficaro, Chicago trial attorney and former lawyer for the Illinois attorney general between 1981 and 1989, denied he had ties to organized crime in an Aug. 5, 2004, article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
According to the article, retired FBI agent Francis N. Marrocco led a four-year investigation that revealed Mr. Ficaros relationship to members of Chicagos organized crime network and his efforts to influence certain litigation during his time at the Illinois attorney generals office.
Marrocco made the assertion in an affidavit filed last summer concerning the dormant Emerald Casino license in Rosemont.
According to the article, Ficaro said he left the attorney generals office in 1989 after he learned he may have inadvertently been picked up on a wire tap.
Former Chicago Mob attorney-turned federal informant Robert Cooley alleged June 13 that Mike Ficaro was the Mobs guy in the [Cook County] states attorneys office, and he was the Mobs guy in the attorney generals office.
An assistant at Ficaros law firm said Ficaro worked in the Cook County states attorney office between 1972 and 1981.
In the article, Ficaro responded to Cooleys assertion by calling him an admitted felon who pillaged and manipulated the system and whose motives are clearly retribution and profit.
Such attacks are not new to Cooley. However, Cooleys past testimonies were found credible by courts and have resulted in about 30 convictions of corrupt lawyers, politicians and Mobsters during the 1990s in the Chicago area.
Ficaro did not respond to a request for an interview.
From the June 22-28, 2005, issue