Sunday, May 30, 2010

Judges Re-Assigned

Fox News investigation revealed judges leaving early:
  • Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans has reassigned four judges in response to a FOX Chicago News/Better Government Association investigation into courtroom work habits.

    The investigation found the judges leaving their assigned courtrooms well before the 4pm out time ordered by Evans two years ago. One judge, Gloria Chevere, was found soaking up the sun in her backyard at 2pm on a day when her court call ended early.

    "I do not want any unacceptable behavior of a few judges to undermine the credibility and integrity of our entire system of justice," Evans said in a statement.

We have to wonder, only four? Either Fox wasn't trying that hard or the BGA is operating, like everyone else, shorthanded. If the courts are that underutilized, it's time to cut the number of judges and courtrooms.

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53 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure as hell hope we don't lose Judge Chevere over this. She is one of the best judges we have in Cook County.

5/30/2010 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chevere in branch 44 is a shit head sympathizer and likes to throw out search warrants. good fucking riddance you piece of shit.

5/30/2010 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody out there with a brain has got to start some sort of a position for a judge to be present 24 hours, 7 days a week for a WORKING police officer to go to to get search warrants signed at the very least. For example, take an officer that gets an arrestee that is swearing up and down that he and she knows a place that has got a huge amount of narcotics. The information seems to be valid but it's 0100 hrs and no judge wants to be waken up in the middle of the night to sign the damn search warrant. So, no plans then can be made to " hit " the place in question because of no judge available. There are countless officers that can relate to this over the years, and over the years nothing has been done. What is needed is what I have told you. A 24 hour judge. Take a place like 26th and California that is centrally located. Have three judges working eight hour shifts to accomadate the officers who want to have a search warrant signed, bring a John or Jane Doe in to a judge, etc. Does anyone realize how much information and loss of good seizures because of the lack of judges available to sign search warrants. It seems the practice in Cook County is to really make it hard for the officer to get anything good done. This issue has been raised to supervisors of both the ASA department and the CPD. Even the FOP. I know personally that because I couldn't find a judge to sign a warrant one night we missed a huge shipment of narcotics and guns because of the timing. No b.s. It makes me wonder why no one has ever thought this true and do what a lot of officers have been saying. Maybe because they're stupid? They just don't care? And if a judge takes care of their docket call faster then the other mopey judges, maybe they should be entitled to leave early. All the smart people out there and nothing can be done? WTF?

5/30/2010 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gloria chevere, ms no probable cause, glad to see that it happened to her but her juice will get her out of it.......

5/30/2010 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was judge chevere in branch 43 or 44? the one where asa's actually submitted complaints on her unrational findings of throwing all cases od female offenders out?

5/30/2010 02:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now they can do nothing elsewhere

5/30/2010 04:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Layoffs and unpaid furlough days like everyone else. We must all share the pain, right Judge Evans?

5/30/2010 05:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the judges treat it like a part time job.
Another group of over-paid, hooked-up slugs.
Time to leave town.

5/30/2010 06:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Credibility of the court system"


What a joke.

5/30/2010 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

u didnt think fox would follow all the judges and their 4 hour days.

JUDGES ARE SO BUSY AND ALL!

THE CLERK FILES THE PAPER WORK.

THE STENOGRAPHER KEEPS TRACK OF EVERYTHING SAID.

THE ATTORNEY HAVE TO SHOW ALL THEIR LEGAL ARGUMENTS WITH SAMPLE CASES WRITTEN IN CLIFF NOTE FORMATS 4 DA JUDGES.

THEN EVERY FEW YEARS THE JUDGES BEG THE COMMITTEEMEN TO ENDORSE THEM SO THEY CAN GO TO A HIGHER BENCH AND MORE CASH.

PLEASE STAND CASE DISMISSED YOU CAN LEAVE! U DIDNT THINK THATS HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE DID U.

NO PROBABLE CAUSE UNDER 1 GRAM ???
WHAT LAW IS THAT?

OH WELL
IT STILL DOESNT BEAT FIELD LT'S JOBS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE MEDIA FOLLOWED R FEARLESS WHITE SHIRTS....

5/30/2010 08:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A shame, Cynthia Brim worked her ass off. Offenders and court personnel complained about the length of her calls, while Felice was out golfing.

Unfair.

5/30/2010 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would these be the same judges that dismiss or slap on the wrist the unlawful firearm possession violators ????

5/30/2010 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous bright red 1958 plymouth fury said...

"One judge, Gloria Chevere, was found soaking up the sun in her backyard at 2pm on a day when her court call ended early."

It's not easy maintaining an unnatural skin tone.

5/30/2010 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$144,000 a pop. Get rid of them, start at traffic court, they let everyone go there anyway.

5/30/2010 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

judges start court call late everyday and most leave early

friday is always a small court call

how about the deputy assigned to court , most leave early

5/30/2010 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/30/2010 01:33:00 AM

According to Judge Chevere (via Fox news) she IS on duty 24/7 "to be available to police and to issue warrants."

Uh huh.

5/30/2010 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deboni moved!!!! HOORAY!!!

5/30/2010 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Juvy Probation said...

I have the good fortune of working with some excellent judges at Juvenile court . However , they can only hear the cases that appear before them.I know the police are arresting these delinquents , the question is, why does it seem to be almost impossible for cases to get to court. I saw a case the other day where when the judge asked for background, he was told the minor had 14 prior arrests , however this was his first filed petition and first time in court.
Once a minor is on probation, especially for a more serious felony charge , every new arrest should be referred to court and probation violations filed by the States Attorneys office.The amount of judges , States Attorneys and public defenders is probably right , but if no cases are going to court , what do you expect them to do .
Don't even get me started on the jail and the Audy home being undercrowded.

5/30/2010 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous 189 said...

I can vouch for Judge Ryan, he has signed countless Search Warrants for me, and my teammates, at all hours, on every day of the week that ended with a Y.

What a shame - the guy took a duck day and gets moved.

Seems to me the punishment does not fit the crime in this instance. Your talking about Area 1, not Area 3. The guy has a full house almost every day, just as they do in Area 4, 5 and 2.

So he took a duck... cannot believe that it has come to this.

5/30/2010 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why things are so shitty in this County.

It's the judges fault.

No, wait, it's the ASA's fault.

No, it's probably the police's fault.

The media? Probably them.

No, no, no it's the mayor's fault. That's it. It's all his fault that this city is filled with evil savages.

Here's one. Maybe the reason that things are so shitty in this county is because it is filled with shitty people. MAYBE THE PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM.

Maybe its the people who demand justice, then change their mind at the last minute.

Find the killer! Oh, its been a few years and the killer is so poor and so black that it really seems like a waste of time to enact justice. Those victims are still dead and we've all forgotten about them, so why enact any justice on this poor man. He was probably innocent anyway.

Hey, let's give him some of our tax money so he can turn his life around again!

If I had to bet, I would say that this would be a miserable crime filled county regardless of who the judges were or who the ASA's were or who the mayor was.

It is an evil plagued county because it is filled with evil people and others who won't stand up to them. It's a county that only gets what it deserves. Kind of like hell.

5/30/2010 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Chevere is one of "honest Luis" Gutierez's hacks.

5/30/2010 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/30/2010 01:33:00 AM

I agree with you 100%. Sometimes even during the day it's impossible to find a judge at 26th St. to sign a warrant. If you don't have a regular judge that you can call, then you're wandering around looking for a judge that's still there after 2pm.

After a "several month long" investigation, FOX could only find 4 judges that were leaving early!!! Maybe a follow-up investigation would be why they are done with their work so quickly. Maybe it's due to them tossing out 85% of the case load so that they can clear those files and be done for the day. They could care less about justice. Another part of the system that treats it as a game of numbers and not real life.

5/30/2010 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Chevere in branch 44 is a shit head sympathizer and likes to throw out search warrants. good fucking riddance you piece of shit.

5/30/2010 01:33:00 AM

hello throw out cases, leave early to soak up sun. See how it goes.

5/30/2010 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally have a lot of respect for Judge Deboni in Branch 42. He didn't take shit from anybody , was always polite to officers and real victims, and ran a prompt call. So what that his call was light and he was done early? What was he supposed to do wander the halls in his robe. You will be missed, PO 023.

5/30/2010 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? To the guy wanting 24 hour judges, why? So what? To fox news... Did you see these judges come in? Maybe they were there early, maybe they pulled longer days on other days and left when they were through. The only good thing is let other people feel some scrunity.

5/30/2010 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Evans only concern is for his twin daughters that work directly for him in the Chief Judge's office:
Tim Evans twin daughters work for him in jobs paying over $90,000. Both hired on the same date with Jobs they got right out of college from U of Illinois (they got in with clout admissions), before that Whitney Young High School (more clout admissions).



Name: EVANS, CATHERINE E
Job Title: Legal Systems Analyst
Annual Budgeted Salary: $86,322.00
Start Date: 2002-11-17
Original Hire Date: 1993-06-15




Name: EVANS, CYNTHIA M
Job Title: Deputy Jury Administrator
Annual Budgeted Salary: $89,627.00
Start Date: 1996-03-17
Original Hire Date: 1993-06-15

EVANS, CATHERINE E Legal Systems Analyst Office of the Chief Judge $86,322.00 1993-06-15

EVANS, CYNTHIA M Deputy Jury Administrator Office of the Chief Judge $89,627.00 1993-06-15

5/30/2010 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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So..... are we working or not? If the answer is "not" then why all the bitchin' about having a judge available 24-7?

Either we are working or we are not working..... Make up your mind!!!

5/30/2010 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you were a judge, how many people woiuld you find guilty at traffic court? The damn fines are way out of line. Most people that work in this city (not the shit heads, they pay no taxes or fines, they get SWAP) can't afford a $230 fine for running a stop sign. I know, it's illegal and you got caught,tou should pay a fine but $130 for the county and $90 for the city? It's too much money to pay for the average working stiff. Look at the cost of a parking ticket, they keep raising the fines and raping the citizenry. The fines for movers and parkers are just too high.

Judges...pfffft. If there is a fine involved, boy are you going to pay. If there is jail time involved, boy are you liable to get a pass. Punch a copper in the face and what happens? Probably not a damn thing at criminal court, but at the civil suit, it's payday for the offender that hurt the cop.

I wonder how the county can afford to have so many part time employees in court rooms at full time salaries in a recession? Oh, I know, let's raise taxes on businesses. I'm always amazed how many people seem to think a business pays taxes. You dunb shits, their customers pay the taxes in the form of higher prices. Let's punish the oil companies by raising their taxes. Gee, I wonder why one of the reasons that gas is over $3 a gallon. Maybe because the government makes more net income from the sale of gas than the oil company does. And can you tell me just what the governmnet does to earn this money? Not a drop of gas comes from them. Do you know why they take the tax money out of your paycheck every payday? It's because if you wrote a check to the IRS every quarter, there would be a revolution in this country. People would actually realize just how much of their income is stolen from them by our government.

5/30/2010 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent comment on having judges take turns at being on 24 hour call. Police officers are on 24 hour call and make shit pay.

5/30/2010 05:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet Marcus Salone continues to use a different constitution in his court room.

5/30/2010 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I know is that Timmy Evans has to be happy that they were not following him around for a few weeks.

5/30/2010 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont you have to be elected to be a judge. If they dont like the hours and the $170,000 salary, don't run If the jo9b is so bad, then whjy are all those lawyers trying to be a judge You figure it out, evidently Judge Evans hasn't

5/30/2010 09:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic ,did I read correctly that 13 people were shot last evening (29 may)?

5/30/2010 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'a hard to miss Chevere, her lic plates share her name.

5/30/2010 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So what that his call was light and he was done early? What was he supposed to do wander the halls in his robe"

SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD TIME FOR HIM TO GET OUT THE SHINEBOX.

5/30/2010 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Off topic ,did I read correctly that 13 people were shot last evening (29 may)?

5/30/2010 09:41:00 PM
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Nope, it was 21.....really.

5/30/2010 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger Juvy Probation said...

I have the good fortune of working with some excellent judges at Juvenile court . However , they can only hear the cases that appear before them.I know the police are arresting these delinquents , the question is, why does it seem to be almost impossible for cases to get to court. I saw a case the other day where when the judge asked for background, he was told the minor had 14 prior arrests , however this was his first filed petition and first time in court.
Once a minor is on probation, especially for a more serious felony charge , every new arrest should be referred to court and probation violations filed by the States Attorneys office.The amount of judges , States Attorneys and public defenders is probably right , but if no cases are going to court , what do you expect them to do .
Don't even get me started on the jail and the Audy home being undercrowded.

5/30/2010 10:49:00 AM

Juvy court is a joke along with the rest of the system in Illinois. If a case does make it to juvy court the kid will just plea to some bullshit probation. He will get the bullshit speech from the juvy judge (ie judge Katz) "stay in school, stay out of trouble. I'll give you one more chance and do not come in front of me again."(and when the juvy asshole appears again the moron judge gives the same speech and now puts him on double super secret probation. And the cycle continues. (and love watching the attorneys in Juvy court, push papers back and forth, look around, pretend you are doing something to save these youths, push more paper around then offer the usual 30 day probation and 5 days SWAP.

5/30/2010 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suburban Cop here. I smiled when I saw Brim got caught. What a Police hating Thug loving piece of garbage she was. No matter what you had she would treat the Police like they were liars and slap the scum on the wrist. One time I had a DUI where the guy was off the roadway and stopped across the sidewalk. When I questioned him why he was stopped here, his reply, "I'm drunk". He does Fields and fails but refuses the blow. Well it gets to court and Brim throws it out because, I quote, "you didn't see him driving, he was already stopped, and also I find it very hard to believe Officer, he said he was drunk, I don't find that credible" and then found no PC for the stop and arrest. Hope you rot.

5/31/2010 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you guys know who was beefing on Judges and who started this? It wasn't Tom Dart (D. Whore). It was Scott Cassidy, the former ASA who screwed up the SOS investigation and many others. Watch for a quick response to the Sheriff from Judges around Cook County.

5/31/2010 06:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you guys know who was beefing on Judges and who started this? It wasn't Tom Dart (D. Whore). It was Scott Cassidy, the former ASA who screwed up the SOS investigation and many others. Watch for a quick response to the Sheriff from Judges around Cook County.

5/31/2010 06:59:00 AM

No kiddin? I hate SC. He is anti police and a drunken screw up who has always been protected. Where is he working now?

5/31/2010 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's no wonder I don't make any arrests anymore!

5/31/2010 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about putting a few good judges, that we already pay, together and have them oversee the others.

They seem to have enough time on thier hands and God knows we really need some oversight on some judges. They can review their cases, and how they release/SOL cases. They can ask judges what the basis is for these releases. If judges have to answer for their actions, like the rest of the world, they may be more respoinsible.

5/31/2010 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you guys know who was beefing on Judges and who started this? It wasn't Tom Dart (D. Whore). It was Scott Cassidy, the former ASA who screwed up the SOS investigation and many others. Watch for a quick response to the Sheriff from Judges around Cook County.

5/31/2010 06:59:00 AM

Your post doesn't make sense. You say it wasn't Tom Dart but then later say watch for a quick response to the Sheriff from the Judges around Crook County?

Isn't Scott Cassidy with the US Attorney's Office now or is he still with Tom Dart?

Scott Cassidy had big problems in Will County that got fixed ASAP.

5/31/2010 02:41:00 PM  
Blogger Crazy Coot said...

Anonymous said...
"... I know personally that because I couldn't find a judge to sign a warrant one night we missed a huge shipment of narcotics and guns because of the timing. No b.s. It makes me wonder why no one has ever thought this true and do what a lot of officers have been saying. "


You couldn't have "casually" parked your car in the area, and OBSERVE for some sort of TRAFFIC VIOLATION or other ORDINANCE violation???
You're either a LIAR or a CLOUT HACK

5/31/2010 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to be a mental midget to think that Scott Cassidy had anything to do with Ch. 32 watching these judges.

Remember its sweeps week and every year they snoop around the courthouses looking for this same story. Chuck Goudie was trolling around 26th St. a year or two ago...

5/31/2010 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/30/2010 01:33:00 AM
Somebody out there with a brain has got to start some sort of a position for a judge to be present 24 hours, 7 days a week for a WORKING police officer to go to to get search warrants signed at the very least...
I agree, for search warrants, bondings, whatever, there should be a duty judge instead of the part time judges clogging up the day docket.

6/01/2010 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He is anti police and a drunken screw up who has always been protected."

THAT'S AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THE CURRENT CPD COMMAND STAFF

6/01/2010 02:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Dart had his deputies keeping track f the judges and times they left daily. He then gave info to the media to make the story. Cassidy works for Dart and surely knew of the story being made, but Dart is the one who brought it forward.

6/01/2010 03:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
It's no wonder I don't make any arrests anymore!

5/31/2010 09:09:00 AM
...and all of the thugs and animals that have been robbing, stealing, shoting and doing wildings thank you for it !

6/01/2010 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous District Four Is A Joke said...

If the news wants a real laugh they should spend time in a court room holding a call for violators of probation or conditional discharge....


You did nor pay your fine, perform SWAP, pissed hot and violated nearly every term of your probation. Well I guess you finished unsatisfactory. Next!

You did nor pay your fine, perform SWAP, pissed hot and violated nearly every term of your probation. Well I guess you finished unsatisfactory. Next!

You did nor pay your fine, perform SWAP, pissed hot and violated nearly every term of your probation. Well I guess you finished unsatisfactory. Next!

6/01/2010 07:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least one of the former judges whould have been kicked off the bench a long time ago.

This would be the second "reassingment" for Jim Ryan, who among other transgressions once would not allow a woman in his courtroom to use the restroom, resulting in her letting go in court.

He is such an asshole, a disgrace to the judiciary. Unfortunately, being a judge is like belonging to an old boys club, you practically have to committ murder before they kick you off the bench.

6/01/2010 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... Chuck Goudie was trolling around 26th St. a year or two ago...

5/31/2010 10:22:00 PM

I believe they call that "cruising", not "trolling"

6/02/2010 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when does 189 work nights or for that matter weekends (lol)?

6/02/2010 04:46:00 AM  

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