A recent legal filing didn’t generate headlines, but it undoubtedly raised some eyebrows around Chicago. Federal prosecutors announced that they have reached a plea agreement with former state Rep. Luis Arroyo.
Many observers believe the deal includes an agreement for the long-time Chicago politician to cooperate with prosecutors.
Arroyo was arrested last October and charged with bribery for his role in an alleged scheme to pay a fellow member of the state Senate $2,500 a month in exchange for support on a bill that would have benefited one of Arroyo’s lobbying clients.
An editorial in an Illinois newspaper speculates that Arroyo will plead guilty and then implicate others who he will claim were involved in the scheme or in other wrongdoing. The editorial writer guesses that Arroyo “undoubtedly knows where a lot of bodies are buried” in Chicago and state politics.
The thinking goes that if his associates believe the former senator might implicate them in criminal activities, they might be eager as well to cut deals and cop guilty pleas. While we do not know to what degree the speculation might be accurate, we do know that there are other factors to consider.
Far too often, a person who has been caught in a criminal act believes that he can save himself by implicating others – even when he has little or no evidence indicating that others are as guilty as he. The person caught will simply fabricate “facts” and “evidence” in a desperate bid to curry favor and leniency.
As noted, we don’t have any inside information about what Arroyo might have said or claimed when talking to prosecutors. But in many similar situations, plea agreements are about Person A embellishing or fabricating evidence about Person B in order to save Person A’s neck.
If you believe you might be implicated in wrongdoing by someone trying to cut a deal at your expense, contact an attorney experienced in protecting clients’ rights and interests in negotiations and at trial. Call The Law Offices of Darryl A. Goldberg at 773-793-3196 to schedule an appointment.