WBEZ | judge http://www.wbez.org/tags/judge Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois Appellate Court welcomes first elected Latino Justice http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-appellate-court-welcomes-first-elected-latino-justice-104175 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Justice Reyes.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.26012183292489943">The Illinois Appellate Court welcomed its first ever Latino elected to the bench this week.</span><br /><br />Jesse Reyes won a seat to the Illinois Appellate Court last March after serving more than a decade as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge. He was sworn in Monday afternoon in Chicago.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so proud of the opportunity that I have been given by the voters to serve as Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court,&rdquo; Reyes said. &ldquo;And I&rsquo;m going to work my hardest to make all of them proud of me.&rdquo;<br /><br />In 2008, Reyes served as the first Latino president of the Illinois Judges Association and became the first Latino to win a county-wide judicial election in Cook County.<br /><br />Federico Rodriguez heads the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. Rodriguez said Latinos represent 5 percent of the estimated 400 judges in Cook County.<br /><br />Rodriguez said even with Reyes&rsquo; election, the number of judges isn&rsquo;t reflective of the county&rsquo;s 24 percent Latino population.<br /><br />&ldquo;Jesse Reyes election is significant because we can see that a name like Reyes is electable where it wouldn&rsquo;t have been so before,&rdquo; Rodriguez said. &ldquo;So, it&rsquo;s a good thing, from our perspective. There&rsquo;s still a lot more work needs to be done.&rdquo;<br /><br />Reyes is proud of breaking these barriers, but said race shouldn&rsquo;t be the only focus.<br /><br />&ldquo;I was elected on my record, I was elected on my 14 years as a trial court judge with a diverse experience,&rdquo; Reyes said.<br /><br />Reyes said he hopes community outreach will inspire young people to pursue a career in the justice system.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m going to make sure that we bring together the Illinois Appellate court and the community,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Not only the Hispanic community, but all minority communities together.&rdquo;</p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-appellate-court-welcomes-first-elected-latino-justice-104175 Cook County judge enters plea to battery charge http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/cook-county-judge-enters-plea-battery-charge-98248 <p><p>A Cook County judge who was barred from judicial duties after her arrest for engaging in a physical confrontation with two sheriff's deputies has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.</p><p>Attorney James Montgomery, representing Judge Cynthia Brim, entered the plea on her behalf during a hearing Friday before Judge Kenneth Fletcher.</p><p>On March 9, Brim was arrested after throwing a set of keys and shoving a sheriff's deputy at a security checkpoint.</p><p>A day earlier, authorities say Brim was seen acting erratically on the bench as she presided over traffic cases in Markham.</p><p>A panel of presiding judges removed Brim from the bench because she's been charged with a crime, and for inappropriate conduct that may have threatened public safety.</p><p>Brim's access to court facilities has been revoked.</p></p> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:09:25 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/cook-county-judge-enters-plea-battery-charge-98248 Leaders blast judge's decision to block McCormick Place labor rules http://www.wbez.org/story/leaders-blast-judges-decision-block-mccormick-place-labor-rules-88215 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100405_newsintern_1347269_McCo_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois leaders blasted a judge’s decision to block new labor rules for McCormick Place on Wednesday.</p><p>In a joint statement, Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton sought to reassure businesses that the state was committed to reducing the costs of exhibiting at the beleaguered convention center.</p><p>The leaders said that Illinois and Chicago “are absolutely committed to maintaining the McCormick Place reforms enacted in May of 2010, whatever it may take.”</p><p>Judge Ronald Guzman issued an injunction that prevents rules that were passed by the Illinois state legislature last year from going into effect.&nbsp; The bill made it easier for businesses to set up their own exhibit booths and limit the size of work crews and their overtime. It also allowed exhibitors to bring in outside electricians and food, in an attempt to bypass the convention center’s unions.</p><p>Gov. Quinn, who was among those who had signed the joint statement, had vetoed provisions of the bill in May of last year, which was quickly overridden by the legislature.</p><p>The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the governing body that manages McCormick Place, vowed to fight the court action in a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>“With today's ruling on denying the motion, we are compelled to take the next step. We will be asking the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay while we present our case as to why Judge Guzman's ruling should be overturned,” &nbsp;said MPEA trustee Jim Reilly.</p><p>“The importance of the city's convention industry as an economic engine can't be overstated,” he said in the statement.</p></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/leaders-blast-judges-decision-block-mccormick-place-labor-rules-88215 Judge vows to stay on Burge case http://www.wbez.org/story/case/judge-vows-stay-burge-case <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/patty wagon_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A federal judge says she won't step down from the case of a former Chicago police lieutenant convicted of lying about the torture of suspects.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow said Wednesday she won't recuse herself before Jon Burge is sentenced Jan. 20. He was convicted in June of perjury and obstruction of justice.</p><p>In a recent motion, Burge's attorneys said they should've been notified before the trial about a prior connection between the lead prosecutor in the case and Lefkow.</p><p>The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weisman, also prosecuted a 2004 case in which Lefkow was the victim of a failed murder-for-hire plot.</p><p>But Lefkow says she only gave brief testimony as a witness and had nothing to do with the decision to prosecute the case.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/case/judge-vows-stay-burge-case In the line of fire: Protecting the U.S. judiciary http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/line-fire-protecting-us-judiciary <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/U.S. Marshal outside courthouse ted warren.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the days following the Arizona shootings that killed six, including federal judge John Roll, a name familiar to Chicagoans also began to circulate. Judge Joan Lefkow has been a district court judge in Illinois&rsquo; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/home/">Northern District</a> since 2000. In 2005, her mother and husband were killed by a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case brought before Lefkow.</p><p>Following their brutal deaths, the <a target="_blank" href="http://judiciary.senate.gov/">Senate Judiciary Committee</a> held hearings on security for judges and other officers of the court. Now, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.justice.gov/marshals/">U.S. Marshals Service</a> works in conjunction with a panel of officials to improve judicial security.</p><p>The chair of that subcommittee is the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/contact.htm">Hon. Michael S. Kanne.</a> He sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 7th Circuit&mdash; which is based in Chicago.He joined host Alison Cuddy to discuss issues of judicial security.</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/line-fire-protecting-us-judiciary Judge: Rahm Emanuel to stay on ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/rahm-emanuel-stay-mayor-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm Emanuel AP.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A Cook County judge says Rahm Emanuel is eligible to run for Chicago mayor, but the ballot dispute involving the ex-White House chief of staff isn't over yet. <br /><br />Circuit Court Judge Mark Ballard heard arguments for a bit less than an hour Tuesday morning in a Daley Center courtroom just steps from city hall. <br /><br />The anti-Emanuel legal team claimed the candidate gave up his residency when he rented out his Chicago house while working for President Obama in Washington. Lawyers for Emanuel argued he left only to serve his country, and always planned to return.<br /><br />In a written opinion, Ballard sided with Emanuel, upholding a decision last month by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.<br /><br />&quot;We find there was sufficient evidence to support the Board's conclusion that Candidate Emanuel intended to remain a Chicago resident during his temporary absence, and did not, therefore, abandon his Chicago residency,&quot; Ballard wrote.<br /><br />Burt Odelson, an attorney for the objectors, told reporters he expected to lose in circuit court. Oldeson said he will appeal the ruling on Wednesday.<br /><br />&quot;Those of us who practice election law, we don't look at these as losses. They're just stepping stones to get to the appellate and [state] supreme court,&quot; Odelson said.<br /><br />Emanuel attorney Kevin Forde said &quot;at some point&quot; Odelson has &quot;to call it quits.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;He's lost before a hearing officer,&quot; Forde said. &quot;He's lost before three [election board] commissioners - all of whom are very, very familiar with the election law. He's lost before a very experienced judge here.&quot;<br /><br />The legal challenges could drag on for weeks, complicating things for city election officials who, by the end of the month, must prepare ballots for early voting.<br /><br />Meantime, Odelson declined to provide specifics about who was paying for the lengthy ballot battle.<br /><br />&quot;Well, for me it's been very expensive. Very time-consuming and very expensive,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Odelson said he is getting paid by the two people officially listed as &quot;objectors&quot; in his filings, Walter P. Maksym, Jr., and Thomas L. McMahon. But when asked if anyone else is chipping in to pay the bills, Odelson told reporters it was none of their business.<br /><br />&quot;It's my business who's paying me,&quot; he said. &quot;Just like it's your business who pays you.&quot;<br /><br />Odelson is not required to publicly report how much he is being paid for the Emanuel challenge. But the Emanuel campaign is required to disclose its bills, though one of its lawyers, Mike Kasper, said he has not done the math.<br /><br />&quot;I've been busy on the case, I will say that,&quot; Kasper said.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/rahm-emanuel-stay-mayor-ballot