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 judgment that found the police department operates under a code of silence that leads officers to protect rogue colleagues.

City attorneys say whatever U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve decides won't affect the jury's decision to award $850,000 to Karolina Obrycka (oh-BREE'-kuh). She's the bartender pummeled by off-duty police officer Anthony Abbate (ah-BAHT'-ee) in a videotaped 2007 beating.

Attorney Scott Jepson says the city has agreed to pay Obrycka and will do so by the end of the month. He says the city's big concern is that the finding of a code of silence can be used as precedent by others seeking massive payouts in the future.

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