January 26, 1989
A woman who was attacked after telling police she could identify the men allegedly hired by the Rev. Jesse Jackson's half-brother, Noah Robinson, to kill an associate recanted on the witness stand. Denise Rosemond, who testified as a defense witness, said she cannot identify the men who gunned down Leroy (Hambone) Barber in 1986 in Greenville, S.C. Robinson is charged with hiring a Chicago street gang to kill Barber, a longtime acquaintance.
June 6, 1988 |
The half-brother of Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson was arrested in Greenville, S.C., and charged with hiring someone to attack a murder witness, police said Sunday. Noah Robinson, 45, was arrested late Saturday night and charged with being an accessory to a felony, obstruction of justice, intimidating a witness and criminal conspiracy, according to Detective Keith Morton. He was released on bail Sunday night.
April 30, 1991 |
Jurors have begun hearing testimony in the first in a series of trials that federal prosecutors say should be the coup de grace to an organization that once had seemed all but unstoppable. For a quarter of a century, the El Rukn Nation, under one name or another, has ruled large swaths of Chicago's South Side through violence and intimidation.
September 21, 1993 |
A judge overturned the convictions of seven men, including a half-brother of Jesse Jackson, in the troubled prosecution of the El Rukn gang Monday because of evidence that prosecutors concealed special treatment of their star witnesses. U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen was the third federal judge to order new trials for El Rukns, or associates, on the grounds that prosecutors concealed evidence that government witnesses took drugs, had sex and got other favors while in custody.
September 2, 1991 |
A businessman and six reputed leaders of the El Rukn street gang were convicted by a federal jury Sunday of taking part in a murderous conspiracy to distribute drugs in Chicago. "This trial took out the day-to-day street leaders, the most violent people," Assistant U.S. Atty. William Hogan said. "We eliminated the entire upper echelon of the El Rukn organization."
October 28, 1989 |
Federal authorities, conducting raids in eight states, delivered what they hoped would be the "death blow" Friday to Chicago's notorious El Rukn Nation crime organization, indicting 65 members on charges that included murder, kidnaping, racketeering and possession and sale of narcotics.