A reputed mob hit man who missed last year's landmark Family Secrets trial because he was too sick to face a jury has signed a do-not-resuscitate order, a judge said Monday, complicating his jail arrangements.

Frank "The German" Schweihs is set to be tried alone in October, more than a year after five of his co-defendants were convicted in a racketeering conspiracy involving extortion, loan sharking and murder linked to the Chicago Outfit.U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel allowed Schweihs to miss last year's trial as he battled cancer. Now the signing of the do-not-resuscitate order could mean Schweihs has to be moved from the Metropolitan Correctional Center downtown.

Zagel noted that such an order will only be followed by the Bureau of Prisons if an inmate is already in a prison medical facility.


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Schweihs emerged in court testimony last year as one of the most feared men in mob circles in Chicago.