As the jurors in the Hudson family murder case meet to determine whether William Balfour is guilty of the crime, they have one small, thin piece of circumstantial evidence to consider.
Balfour's CTA transit card.
You see, part of Balfour's alibi is that he used his CTA card to take a train and a bus to his girl friend's house on the morning of the murders, and was nowhere near the Hudson house.
The only problem with that alibi is that police say his seven-day transit card hadn't recorded any CTA rides that day.
It's just another small piece of the circumstantial case the prosecutors have tried to build to prove Balfour is the murderer. And it could play a big role in whether the jury finds him guilty.
So, the next time you're considering committing a crime, ditch your transit card. And you especially don't want to have a Chicago Card Plus, because your movements will have been recorded - or not - regardless of whether you ditch the card.