Charles C. Healy

In 1917 Maclay Hoyne Illinois State Attorney for Cook County began investigating corruption in Chicago. On October 23, 1924 Hoyne's investigations snared Charles C. Healy (sometimes spelled Healey), chief of police of Chicago, who was indicted on two charges: malfeasance in office and as a conspirator in a plot to nullify anti-gambling laws. Others were also indicted including a detective sergeant and an underworld bail bondsman named Billy Skidmore. Clarence Darrow helped defend Healey who was elderly. To the surprise of many Healey and the others were acquitted. Darrow was associated with Charles Erbstein a very successful criminal defense attorney in Chicago during the Healey trial and several other cases. Erbstein was also a radio pioneer and owner of the radio station WTAS.