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Judge Rumored Facing Indictment Shoots Self

June 23, 1987

CHICAGO (AP) _ A former Cook County judge reported to be facing indictment in a federal court corruption inquiry shot himself to death in a health club tanning booth, surrounded by family photos and service medals, authorities said.

Allen F. Rosin, 55, was pronounced dead on arrival Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said Lt. William Bogue.

Police said Rosin went to the McClurg Court Sports Center about 9:45 a.m. Monday, left the club for a few minutes, and then returned and went into the tanning booth, where he shot himself in the head with a .38-caliber revolver.

His fully clothed body was found around 10 a.m., surrounded by photos of his two daughters, a Father’s Day card, and military service medals, including a Purple Heart he received as a Marine during the Korean War.

No charges had been filed against him at the time of his death, but Rosin had been identified by prosecution witnesses at other trials stemming from the Operation Greylord inquiry as one who took bribes to fix cases in Traffic Court. He had served on the bench 21 years before losing a retention bid last November.

Joseph Duffy, acting U.S. attorney for northern Illinois, refused comment Monday on reports that Rosin was to have been indicted on bribery charges later this week.

Rosin first was implicated during the 1984 Greylord trial of Associate Judge John Murphy. Admitted bagman James LeFevour said he passed money from lawyers to Rosin to fix drunken-driving cases.

Rosin’s name again surfaced during the trials of convicted former judges Raymond Sodini and John McCollom, most recently in April.

The continuing Greylord investigation of corruption in the nation’s largest court system so far has resulted in 59 convictions, including nine former or sitting judges.

Rosin’s suicide is the second to occur shortly before a reported Greylord indictment. Police Sgt. Roger Murphy, 53, shot himself to death Dec. 14, 1984, the morning that he and nine others were to be named in the first Greylord indictments.

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