Thursday, July 12, 2007

Secrets: Glickman reconsiders, testifies

After several days in downtown Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center, bookmaker Joel Glickman agreed to testify Monday in the Family Secrets trial, according to a story by Steve Warmbir of the Chicago Sun-Times. On the stand, Glickman said he previously refused to testify because he feared retaliation.

Glickman (left) testified that he paid street tax to the Chicago Outfit amounting to as much as $400,000 over the years for the right to take bets. The gambling bookmaker stated that he took out a $20,000 loan from defendant Frank Calabrese Sr. in the late 1960s.

Before family, before God

Frank Calabrese Jr., son of the reputed Outfit bigshot, testified about the instructions his father gave to him with regard to underworld membership. "One of the rules of the Outfit was... the Outfit family came before your blood family... it also came before God," the younger Calabrese told the jury.

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