Thursday, December 22, 2005


More trouble for East St. Louis

It's former police chief has been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice.

From the Belleville News-Democrat:

Former Police Chief Ron Matthews was found guilty Wednesday of perjury and of two obstruction counts after a six-day federal court trial that included allegations of widespread City Hall corruption.

After about three hours of deliberation, jurors found Matthews guilty of all three charges -- perjury, conspiracy to commit obstruction and attempted obstruction of a grand jury investigation.

He was accused of attempting to prevent a firearm from being used as evidence against a friend, and lying to a grand jury.

In his closing argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith described the case against Matthews, which resulted from

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