Updates from courtroom in ex-Chicago cop Steve Mandell’s trial in murder plot

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They traded sick jokes about torturing and murdering a businessman in an almost unbelievably grisly extortion plot, the feds say.

And they schemed to kill the owner of an Outfit-connected strip club, it’s alleged.

Former Chicago cop Steve Mandell and the key government witness who helped set him up are due to face each other across a packed courtroom Tuesday on the first day of what’s likely to be one of the wildest federal court cases Chicago has seen in years.

Our reporter Kim Janssen also is in that courtroom.

Here’s the background on this case: Ex-Chicago cop’s trial in murder plot promises high drama, low comedy

And here are live updates from Janssen:

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