Ex-Cook County judge dies, was involved in Gacy, Speck cases

A former judge who was involved in the trials of convicted killers John Wayne Gacy and Richard Speck has died.

Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Glenview, Illinois, confirmed Wednesday that former Cook County Circuit judge Louis B. Garippo died. His daughter tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Garippo died Tuesday at an assisted living facility in Glenview, outside Chicago. He was 84.

Garippo presided over the 1980 trial of Gacy, who was convicted of killing 33 men and boys and burying 26 of them in his suburban Chicago home. Garippo also was a supervisor in the Cook County state's attorney's office during Speck's murder trial. Speck was convicted in the 1966 killings of eight student nurses in Chicago.

Cook County Judge Michael Kane says in Garippo's courtroom "everyone was guaranteed a fair trial."