Organized Crime Expert Witness to Testify in Mob Family Trial

Organized crime expert witness and former FBI agent James Wagner will be allowed to testify at the trial of several alleged mob figures accused of taking part in a conspiracy that included 18 murders. U.S. District Judge James Zagel said expert witness Wagner can discuss how the so-called Chicago Outfit is structured and how it operates, although he can’t talk about individual members or the defendants.

Defense attorneys do not want Wagner, head of the Chicago Crime Commission and former head of the FBI’s organized crime unit in Chicago, to link their clients to the mob. The trial is expected to start in June and is aimed at clearing up unsolved gangland slayings, reports the The Journal Gazette – Times Courier.