‘Life’ at stake? Ominous prediction made as sentencing hearings loom in ComEd bribery case

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Michael McClain outside the Everett Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago. MRN File Photo

The high-stakes nature of one of this year’s biggest public corruption trials became clear Wednesday when a defense attorney predicted an ominous argument from prosecutors: That federal guidelines call for life sentences for four people convicted of conspiring to bribe then-Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan.

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