Prosecutors allege that Paris “Poleroski” Poe, an alleged leader of the Hobos gang in Chicago, pulled the trigger that killed key drug trafficking witness Keith Daniels in the driveway of his Dolton hideout, in front of his wife and young children. Poe, his alleged boss Gregory Chester and four other alleged leaders of the Hobos are scheduled to go on trial today. They face life in prison on racketeering charges, including nine murders (including Daniels’ 2013 killing).
According to the Chicago Sun:
Not since the El Rukn trials two decades ago has so much violence been alleged against a single gang. Heavy security is expected at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago for a trial that could last two months or more. The names of potential jurors will remain secret, with each member of the jury pool assigned a number and only vague questions allowed about their backgrounds and where they live.
The U.S. Marshals Service had warned of threats made against witnesses and asked that the defendants’ legs remain shackled during the trial, an unusual request typically seen only in high-profile terrorism or mob cases. On Friday, however, U.S. District Judge John Tharp said he didn’t want the defendants in shackles because of the “very real” possibility it would prejudice jurors. Instead, Tharp’s 14th floor courtroom has been set up with long tables draped with black skirting that blocks views of the legs of those seated. That way, the judge said, if he has to order shackles at some point during the trial the jury will not notice any difference.