Monday, October 05, 2015

Judge's End Around

Um, what's this?
  • OT but, are any of you guys aware that Judge Joseph Claps is violating officer's rights and the FLOP and the OLA is standing by and letting it happen. On a recent motion to suppress his confession, a defendant claimed that he only confessed because he was beaten. Claps then points out two detectives in the courtroom and asks the defendant if these are the officers who beat you. When he says no, the judge sends an order to the police department to produce photos of every officer involved in the arrest, presumably to conduct a photo array on the next court date. WTF, where is the FOP on this? Where is the ACLU? Policeman dont have any rights?
Claps seems to have irretrievably tainted any investigation by his words and deeds. The FOP should be making some sort of appearance along with Corporation Counsel to educate the judge as to the other side of "due process" and "contractual protections" along with the presumption of innocence, not only of the career criminal on trial, but the officers and detectives involved.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Chief Judge? Isn't it his duty to monitor crap like this? WOW!

10/05/2015 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

I dont think the judge is affected by contractural protections. Only the employer is.

10/05/2015 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what it is!!!! This is the new era atmosphere whatever d fuck u want 2 call it every man 4 himself no one is lookn out 4 ur best interest so u better do your own research because in the end it's not your partner friends colleague it's u on your own & u better b right because every1 will 4 get about u & f FOP & every other idiot doesn't have your best interest @ hand! This is a very fucked up Dept. with a very fucked up "brotherhood" that used to exist! Every man for themselves!

10/05/2015 01:48:00 AM  
Blogger I Fart In Your General Direction said...

"When he says no, the judge sends an order to the police department to produce photos of every officer involved in the arrest, presumably to conduct a photo array on the next court date."


In a perfect world, the Department would respond by sending the good judge photos of the beanbag of "every officer involved" with a note that said "SUCK ON DEEZ"!

10/05/2015 03:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's obvious, Din Du Nuffins is innocent, and Da Man is persecuting him. If the detectives had anything, they never wouldda beat his ass into confessing. You knows damn well he's innocent! They just picked him off the street, and beat his ass into confessing.

And if those particular detectives didn't beat his ass, it is only because they were out framing other poor innocent black men on the streets that day. If they was there, they'd've beat his ass too. That is all those detectives do all day. They frame poor innocent black men for crimes they didn't do, and then beat their asses till they confess.

10/05/2015 03:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imbecile and all around buffoon Judge Claps is the same pandering hack "jurist" who found Sgt Herman guilty of "rape" and then threw the book at him, case of course was reversed on appeal. The spiteful clown of a judge also questioned the investigation of detectives on the case.

10/05/2015 05:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hate to think this judge is on the take. Either the defendant or Lovey and Lovey trying to drum up business.

10/05/2015 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you continue to vote for this system you will continue to have these problems. DONT BITCH.

10/05/2015 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Joe back in the 1980s when he was with the AGs office. He was a shitty attorney, so I was shocked when he was named a judge, but he has machine connections.

Joe thought himself quite the ladies man. If this was a female dependent, I'd say he's still thinking with his dick instead of his brain.

10/05/2015 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We as Police Officers in Blue Shirts have only ourselves to blame. Im sorry, call me what you want but FOP has been useless since I came on over 20 years ago. If by chance, just for once we stuck together. We could either dump or change FOP. And bring that lil raccoon down to his knees.

10/05/2015 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out his clout

10/05/2015 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then they wonder why there is so much gun violence in the city, when you judges sticking up for the criminals.

10/05/2015 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dirty a$$ judge

10/05/2015 07:14:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

They give judges a lot of leeway during motions---but not this much.

10/05/2015 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the worst judges at 26th street. Doesn't know the law. And so arrogant that even if he knew the law he wouldn't follow it. Be careful with him. His arrogance knows no limits. He'll screw any police over just to prove he's in charge of his courtroom.

10/05/2015 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a website to rate the judge-let them know how you feel about him

http://www.therobingroom.com/illinois/Judge.aspx?id=4659

10/05/2015 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justice may be blind, but she can still smell cash money, right, "Your Honor"?

10/05/2015 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't the judge a former prosecutor (memory escapes me now)?......if so, what happened to him along the way?

10/05/2015 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only these coppers had some sort of affiliation with a large powerful collection of police officers and advocates specifically tasked with protecting their rights and interests, like a union or something.

10/05/2015 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck that asshole. Piece of shit should be chasing ambulances and maybe get run over.

10/05/2015 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only was the Judge leading a possible witness, but is just believing a defendant on the face of what he is saying. There are procedures to investigate the police for misconduct and it's not in open court. The judge's conduct should be investigated and he should be judicially charged with misconduct.

10/05/2015 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey "Call me Dr." Angelo - ok, we'll give you the title usually reserved for Medical Doctor/Dentist/Veterinarian. Now how about you show some concern or professional demeanor for a potentially egregious civil rights violation by a jurist? Well - you've been silent on other issues - be it the whole CALEA debacle or pension nightmare so why should we expect anything less than acquiescence?? It appears that once the membership refused to endorse Rahmulus you have abrogated your duties. So we can only guess that your real "disability" is psychological.

Hey Judge "I've got da Clap" - Congratulations! Your lack of judicial temperament has quickly earned you a spot on the Rogue Judges Gallery. Maybe you can be the next Judge Pasarella and lose your bench next election.

10/05/2015 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps an appeal to the judicial oversight committee of cook county?
Oh wait, they are free from oversight and can do what ever the fuck they want, sorry!!

10/05/2015 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge joseph "Elmwood Park" claps is the reason that I chose to go to a unit where I don't deal with having to go to 26th and cal. He is full of himself and thinks he is God. His courtroom antics are beyond logic and it would be interesting to see a camera in his room and televise his antics for all to see. The FOP should get off their ass and mount a campaign to remove this J/O from the bench. He should be relegated to hearing garbage violation cases.

To call out 2 Detectives in open court and ask the criminal if these are the ones who beat a confession out of you is wrong. To publically defame these Detectives in open court is unheard of. The Detectives should file a complaint with the Illinois supreme court and seek his removal and if possible seek a civil case seeking punitive damages from the judges pocket.

your time on the bench is coming to a close joey

10/05/2015 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, a judge setting up a Inquisition in his courtroom? Isn't that against the US Constitution, Supreme court rules, Illinois state judicial rules, and of course guidelines from the chief judges office?
Oh Well, being a very liberal judge, you can do anything and get away with it.

10/05/2015 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claps is not police friendly. All he cares about is chasing middle aged female ASA tail. Call FOP if you are expected to hit the stand and ask for a Rep to witness the testimony because by the time it takes to get a transcript, it will be too late.

10/05/2015 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Joe Clapps as the ASA assigned to the Grand Jury I don't think he liked the police then very condescending,always talking down to people. I don't think the clerks that worked there thought much of him either. But that's just one retired cops opinion.

10/05/2015 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any case before Judge Claps I will hit the medical, police officer beware!

10/05/2015 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shouldn't surprise anyone. When Claps was an Asst. State's Attny. he would always go out of his way to screw the police. He's a hater.

10/05/2015 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
This is what it is!!!! This is the new era atmosphere whatever d fuck u want 2 call it every man 4 himself no one is lookn out 4 ur best interest so u better do your own research because in the end it's not your partner friends colleague it's u on your own & u better b right because every1 will 4 get about u & f FOP & every other idiot doesn't have your best interest @ hand! This is a very fucked up Dept. with a very fucked up "brotherhood" that used to exist! Every man for themselves!

10/05/2015 01:48:00 AM


I would love to read your case reports. Do you have a hard time not including hashtags in them?

10/05/2015 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name fits him what a asshole.

10/05/2015 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please post the court date this buffoon judge is going to hold this unheard of photo array? Some of us would like to be there for this unheard of public photo array and initiate disciplinary action against judge joey claps and have him removed from the bench.

Maybe with enough coverage we can chief judge(lol) Timmy Evans to remove numb nuts claps.

Fop had better send several lawyers to the courtroom to be present for this debacle and take appropriate Legal Action against joey Elmwood Park claps.

10/05/2015 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get your head out your asses. Yes there exists corrupt judges on the bench here in Cook County. Always have been, always will be. Unfortunately these detectives landed in a court room administered apparently by one of them.

10/05/2015 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the new go-to defense strategy. You confessed... well they beat the confession out of me... Not guilty. Now give me $20 million. Cook county court is a circus.

10/05/2015 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not expect the fkng FOP to do ANYTHING- they are the most useless over-paid bloated bureaucracy second only to the Chicago city council. They are trying hard and fast to close out all grievances- at the expense of the officers. They are not fighting many of the contract violations the city and department management has committed and refuse to spend money to litigate them. Time to drop this "bargaining unit" because they do nothing and collect millions in dues and allow the city and management shit all over the officers.

10/05/2015 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lampkin once had a lineup with Officers in her court room, and the ASA's were fine with it.

10/05/2015 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge "Sweet Meat" Claps?

P.O.S. as a Judge. At Juvy court, he'd rather lock up the Officers than detain one of those "poor innocent children" that came in front of his bench, over and over again.

10/05/2015 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge joseph "Elmwood Park" claps is the reason that I chose to go to a unit where I don't deal with having to go to 26th and cal. He is full of himself and thinks he is God. His courtroom antics are beyond logic and it would be interesting to see a camera in his room and televise his antics for all to see. The FOP should get off their ass and mount a campaign to remove this J/O from the bench. He should be relegated to hearing garbage violation cases.

To call out 2 Detectives in open court and ask the criminal if these are the ones who beat a confession out of you is wrong. To publically defame these Detectives in open court is unheard of. The Detectives should file a complaint with the Illinois supreme court and seek his removal and if possible seek a civil case seeking punitive damages from the judges pocket.

your time on the bench is coming to a close joey

10/05/2015 09:14:00 AM
Another corrupt, brainless judge in county court! Dean are you still collecting disability pension? if so why are you not resigning immediately and in call back? disgraceful!

10/05/2015 01:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where does it say in the constitution or state law that the judge cannot do this?

10/05/2015 02:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F U judge. Letting your personal issues let dirtbags run free. The machine will keep electing though because nobody cares in the city.

10/05/2015 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake up. Nothing going to change until the public says so. And that not going to change as long as we keep trying to appease both the liberal citizen and our liberal government. Go ahead and do the job. And as you do just realize you're risking your family's future as well as your own. Worried about crime getting worse and creeping into your neighborhoods, too late. Let it creep. Your neighbors aren't stupid. They'll arm themselves if they haven't already. And nothing better than a civilian shooting a shit-head or two and the shit-heads families getting nothing in return.

Wouldn't that be a pickle for the mayor? One side of society up in arms, because all the while they are being TAXED into poverty they are nothing feeling safe. And the other half because they're being shot not only by their own neighbors but they have no city money to sue for.

So much for any mayor or alderman for that matter having a career longer than 4 yrs.

10/05/2015 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These judges and attorneys can't be trusted.

Hutchie Moore

10/05/2015 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOP is a failure. They have repeatedly failed to address any issues and continue to be rolled over. Time to look for new representation.

10/05/2015 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This incident took place in the early/mid 1980's. There was a incident were a Detective was accused of taking a VERY LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO THROW A CASE. At this time Clapps was an ASA who headed the Public Integrity Unit of the S/A Office. This case made the nightly news and for several days newspaper articles were written about it. This particular Detective was subpoenaed to appear in front of the Cook County Grand Jury where Clapps conducted the hearing. Just prior to the Detective going to the Grand Jury, Clapps walked up to the Detective and said, " You are going down and I am going to be so happy. I hope you enjoy the money you took"! However, because of another on going Investigation the CC SA Office stop this investigation. The results of the other investigation resulted in several JUDGES being convicted of taking money and throwing several cases. One of the cases was the incident were the Detective was falsely accused of taking money. The results of that investigation revealed that the Detective did not take any money but the judge who handled the case did. Rumor had it was that Clapps new about this other investigation and that the judge was being investigated but wanted to see if he could fuck the detective. Nothing happened to the detective. Several months had past and one night after obtaining a conviction on another case this particular detective and the ASA's who handled the case went to Jeans Lounge (on the corner of 25th and California)to celebrate. The liquor was flowing and everyone was having a good time, that was until Clapps came to the bar and sat down at the table. The detective who had a couple of drinks under his belt told him to get the fuck up and leave. Clapps thinking the other ASA's would have his back refused. One particular Female ASA told Clapps he had to leave or she was going to beat the fuck out of him before the Detective did. Clapps got up and walked out. The bartender who knew everyone involved bought the table a drink and everyone had a great laugh. The point of the story is this: Clapps is a POLICE HATER. When he was in charge of the Public Integrity Unit his main focus was to charge Police Officers. I strongly suggest that these two Detectives file charges against him with the Judicial Review board of the Supreme Court of Illinois. I also suggest that they file a complaint with the Chief Judge of Cook County. Here is a case where the FOP should get involved. If Lodge #7 refuses to file a complaint than request the State FOP Lodge and/or the National FOP lodge file a complaint.

10/05/2015 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow another POS Crook County Judge, imagine that? Next on the Docket!!

10/06/2015 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The civil war is upon us.

10/06/2015 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOP ain't doing sh!t. Get over it.

10/06/2015 05:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 10/05/2015 10;41 pm You have shed light on a rotten Judge; good job !!!

10/06/2015 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone wants to send judge joey claps a Christmas card you can do a white pages search and up pops an address in EP.

10/06/2015 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
This is what it is!!!! This is the new era atmosphere whatever d fuck u want 2 call it every man 4 himself no one is lookn out 4 ur best interest so u better do your own research because in the end it's not your partner friends colleague it's u on your own & u better b right because every1 will 4 get about u & f FOP & every other idiot doesn't have your best interest @ hand! This is a very fucked up Dept. with a very fucked up "brotherhood" that used to exist! Every man for themselves!

10/05/2015 01:48:00 AM


I would love to read your case reports. Do you have a hard time not including hashtags in them?

10/05/2015 10:49:00 AM

As ludicrous as the writing is, please don't access this idiot's reports. You'd probably catch a day for it.

10/06/2015 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOP ain't doing sh!t. Get over it.

10/06/2015 05:07:00 AM
They do nothing dean is really hidden in "da bunker!"

10/06/2015 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Lampkin once had a lineup with Officers in her court room, and the ASA's were fine with it.


10/05/2015 11:56:00 AM


What about the PO's? I wouldn't stand in a lineup. I have walked out on lineup's. Let Det's work the lineup, not a mumble mouth shithead judge.

10/06/2015 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Judge joseph 'Elmwood Park' claps is the reason that I chose to go to a unit where I don't deal with having to go to 26th and cal."

I know, I remember you from 376.

10/07/2015 08:26:00 AM  

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