Judge denies Chicago's request to set aside 'code of silence' verdict, citing 'social value'

A federal judge has denied a request by the city of Chicago to set aside a landmark verdict that found Chicago police adhere to a code of silence when it comes to rogue officers.

The ruling stems from a civil trial that ended last month with a verdict against the city. Jurors awarded bartender Karolina Obrycka (oh-BREE'-kuh) $850,000 after off-duty officer Anthony Abbate (ah-BAHT'-ee) beat her. A videotape of the attack went viral.

In her Thursday ruling, Judge Amy St. Eve wrote that the judgment has "social value to the judicial system and the public at large."

The city wanted the verdict tossed so it couldn't be used as a precedent — though it said it would still pay the bartender.

Critics accused the city of trying to avoid accountability.