Late last week, the verdict in the Anthony Abbate lawsuit sent a clear message to the Chicago Police Department: the informal "code of silence" must go. It also resulted in more than a message: $850,000 was awarded to the bartending victim, Karolina Obrycka. In total, the lawsuit is expected to cost over $5 million, thanks to years of legal fees.
The Chicago Tribune argues that the time has come to concede defeat and pay up. However, there is a good reason to continue the fight: issue preclusion.