Judge Hears Arguments in 'Code of Silence' Case
CHICAGO (AP)--A federal judge has asked attorneys for more information before deciding on the city of Chicago's request to erase a landmark verdict that found the police department operates under a code of silence that leads officers to protect rogue colleagues.

The case involves a jury verdict in November against the city and for Karolina Obrycka. She's the bartender pummeled by off-duty police officer Anthony Abbate in a videotaped 2007 beating.

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve on Thursday asked attorneys on both sides of the case to submit written briefs and said she'd issue her decision after that.

Chicago wants the verdict vacated to avoid having the case used as precedent by others seeking massive city payouts in the future.
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