Madigan Attorneys to Review ‘Voluminous’ Evidence for Charges

Madigan Attorneys to Review ‘Voluminous’ Evidence for Charges

CHICAGO (AP) – Attorneys for former House Speaker Michael Madigan have four months to review what prosecutors said are “voluminous” amounts of evidence.

Madigan and longtime confidant Michael McClain were charged last month with 22 federal counts including racketeering, bribery and extortion.

Prosecutors alleged what they call the “Madigan Enterprise” used the former speaker’s political influence for personal gain. Madigan and McClain pleaded not guilty.

During a status hearing in federal court Friday, defense attorneys said 120 days should be sufficient to review what they expect to be millions of files of evidence.

Corruption expert, Saint Xavier University associate professor David Parker said a case covering nearly a decade of alleged criminal conduct means there’s going to be a lot of documents to review.

The next hearing in the case is set for Aug. 2.