Ex-Chicago police officer appeals conviction, sentence

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Disgraced ex-Chicago police officer Mahmoud "Mike" Shamah appealed his conviction and sentence Friday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for his involvement in a racketeering conspiracy. Shamah was a partner of Richard Doroniuk, whose checkered history at the police department--including a fatal shooting of a civilian--was the subject of The Chicago Reporter's investigation in its November/December
2007 issue
.

In November 2008, Doroniuk testified about how he and Shamah took money from people during traffic stops, planted drugs on suspects and falsified reports. They inventoried a portion of the drug cash they confiscated on the street and pocketed the rest, he testified. Doroniuk is serving an 11-year sentence, while Shamah was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

On Friday, Shamah challenged the sufficiency of the Doroniuk's
testimony to sustain his Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations conspiracy conviction and also challenged
the district court's calculation of his sentence.

--Jared Hoffman

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