US Marshall Accused
Somewhere, Sam Gerard is cringing:
- A deputy U.S. marshal was taken into custody today for allegedly leaking "highly sensitive, confidential information" to organized crime figures about a key witness in the FBI's investigation of more than a dozen unsolved Chicago mob killings.
John Thomas Ambrose, 38, was charged in a criminal complaint with revealing information related to "the status, substance of cooperation and travel" of Nicholas Calabrese, a defendant and key witness in the FBI's Operation Family Secrets investigation, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office. Ambrose made the alleged leak while Calabrese was in the federal witness protection program, the release said.
It'll be interesting to see if the Feds, so often willing to drop cases against dope dealers and gang bangers if they can even get a sniff of a cop, are going to go full bore on one of their own. This goof could have thrown a huge wrench into the "Family Secrets" trials scheduled for this summer. Tribune and Channel 2 coverage here.