Jul 20, 2017

Such a motion for a change of venue would mean the defense was contemplating letting a jury decide Van Dyke’s fate — a surprise given the notoriety of the case. Most Chicago police officers by far have opted to have their misconduct trials heard by a judge.

It is rare for trials to be moved outside of Cook County because of concerns over finding a fair jury. Among the exceptions are two of the most notorious murder cases in modern Chicago history.