23 October 2008

Cook County Judges

For years now I've been decrying the fact that judicial record of Cook County judges is virtually impossible to get hold of. Thankfully I've found a somewhat non-partisan source that you can tap into to get some clarity on judges who shouldn't be retained.

The Chicago Council of Lawyers seems to be a source that is close to rating judges based on their qualifications, and whether or not the judges are "activist" types.

I've been informed from quite a few police officers that these judges are NOT to be retained. They've consistently made poor decisions from the bench, and their conduct in court shows that they're biased. The % rating means the over-all percentage that feel the judge should be retained. The lower the percentage, the lower the endorsement by legal entities. Don't pay too much attention to the %. You'll notice that many of the judges got 100% across the board. The fact that the following got less than that shows that they aren't qualified.

Bender, Gerald C. - 90%
Brosnahan, Janet - 80%
Clay, Evelyn - 89% [Freed a person who shot a police officer - see below]
Hayes, Shelli Williams - 60%
Hopkins, Vanessa - 80%
Lewis, Casandra - 30%
McGury, Kathleen - 90%
Pietrucha, Edward - 50%
Turner, Valerie - 89%

4th Circuit
Rogers, Pat
Masterson-Pulia, Maureen

12th Circuit
Morask, Laura J.

13th Circuit
Brady, Ann Catherine
O'Donnell, Annie

14th Circuit
Arce, Edward A.

15th Circuit
Fera, Peter

And this letter from the wife of a Chicago Police officer shows how important your vote can be when it comes to judges:
Dear Everyone,

I have been waiting for this day for 4 years. My name is Melissa Keefe. As most of you know, myhusband Kevin was shot 8 1/2 years ago while on duty for the Chicago Police Department. The man who shot him, was subsequently freed by Judge Evelyn Clay. We spent about three years watching Judge Clay in her courtroom.

After watching her over such a long period of time, I am begging you to vote "NO" this November when you see her name on the ballot.

She is not well-versed on the law, and often has to be corrected by other people in her courtroom. She is also very lax. Defendants with multiple convictions walk away from her courtroom with probation every day. It was truly horrific to watch her undermine the very laws that she has sworn to uphold. In addition, she let the man who shot Kevin go free.

I realize that the ballots list s o many judges, that it is hard to figure out who is who. I am just asking that you just remember one name, Evelyn Clay, and vote "NO".

I am not trying to be dramatic, but our safety is in jeopardy. We can make a difference!

Thank you for reading this. Please pass it on to everyone you know who can vote.

Melissa Keefe




If you've had negative experiences with judges, please post their name in the comments section and I'll update the list.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

HEARD JUDGE maloney DIED IN PRISON TODAY,HE WAS THE GUY WHO FIXED CASES FOR THE OUTFIT PER PAT MARCY IN 1ST WARD, REMEMBER ITS ON THE SQUARE

Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC RUE, I SEE WHERE A GREAT GUY JON BURGE IS GETTING CRUCIFIED AND IF I RECALL THE 19TH WARD SOUTH SIDE IRISH WERE SO JEALOUS OF THIS MAN IT WAS SICKINING, IN THE 70S ALL I HEARD FROM THESE SHAMROCK DRAFT DODGING BABIES WAS HE STOLE PINCHES, HE DIDNT KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING ETC ETC AD NASEUM, THESE PUSSIES COULDNT CARRY HIS JOCK STRAP AND I BET THEY FED THE FEDS INFO ON HIM

Anonymous said...

I always vote "NO" on all judges, since if you don't vote either way on a judge its considered a "yes" vote.

Anonymous said...

are all on the take.

Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC.

Where have been the posts from Adolph, the hater poster? I bet he took his life becases he KNOWS the next president is Barrack Obama. Dear Adolph, your days in control are over.

Rue St. Michel said...

I don't remember seeing someone posting under the name "Adolph" - are you sure you're at the right blog?

Just asking.

Anonymous said...

hi rue down here in florida and gotta say mcain palin stickers all over the place except in the soco econmic area of this great town just so you know