Former Chief of Staff Convicted on Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Charges
Former Chief of Staff Tim Mapes convicted and faces potential prison time for lying to a grand jury investigating political corruption (Photo: WJBD)
Former Chief of Staff Tim Mapes Faces Charges for False Testimony in Madigan Probe
According to WKMS article, a federal jury in Chicago has found Tim Mapes, the former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. Mapes, who served in the role of chief of staff for over 25 years, received the verdict after a relatively short deliberation of just over five hours. The charges stem from Mapes’ testimony before a grand jury investigating Michael Madigan and his close associates.
During the trial, the jury was presented with evidence that included the complete recording of Tim Mapes’ grand jury testimony, an unusual occurrence as these proceedings are typically confidential. They also listened to wiretapped calls that appeared to contradict the statements made by the former chief of staff under oath. Mapes had been interviewed by the FBI about his association with Michael Madigan and Mike McClain, another influential figure. He was later subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury and was placed under an immunity order, which meant that truthful testimony wouldn’t lead to charges, but any false statements could result in charges of perjury.
The conviction of the former chief of staff marks a significant development in a case that has implications for high-ranking political figures in Illinois, including Michael Madigan, who faces related charges. Mapes’ sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2024.
Former Chief of Staff Mapes Misses Chance to Shine as ‘Star Witness’ in Madigan and McClain’s Ongoing Corruption Trial
NPR Illinois, In the courtroom drama involving Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Schwartz’s claim that Tim Mapes could have been a “star witness” against Madigan and McClain, a sharp contrast emerged in perspectives. Schwartz saw Mapes as a potential linchpin in the government’s case, while Mapes’ legal team vehemently disagreed. They argued that the questions and answers leading to Mapes’ indictment were centered around inconsequential topics, which they deemed “immaterial” to the grand jury’s criminal probe. This case underscores the intricate nature of legal arguments and the differing interpretations that can arise during a trial.
At the time when the former chief of staff, Mapes, testified before the grand jury, Mike McClain, another key figure, had already faced bribery charges related to a long-standing scheme involving Commonwealth Edison, his prominent client. In May, McClain, along with two other former ComEd lobbyists and the utility’s ex-CEO, was found guilty of participating in an alleged bribery scheme that benefited Madigan’s associates with jobs and contracts in exchange for favorable legislation in Springfield.
Despite the former chief of staff, Tim Mapes, not providing the expected assistance, federal authorities persisted. They brought bribery and racketeering charges against Madigan and McClain in March 2022 and followed up with another indictment in October. Essentially, these charges allege that both of them played significant roles in operating a criminal enterprise that exploited Madigan’s political influence, connections within state government, and affiliations with a real estate law firm. They are scheduled to stand trial for these allegations in April 2024. This legal saga underscores the tenacity of the authorities in pursuing justice.