Sunday, October 02, 2016

A Crooked Lawyer?

  • Citing repeated misconduct by an attorney, a federal judge took the rare step Friday of throwing out a jury verdict in favor of a woman who alleged an off-duty Chicago police officer attacked her during a road-rage incident on the Stevenson Expressway nearly nine years ago.

    U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis blasted attorney Dana Kurtz, saying she engaged in a "pervasive" pattern of misconduct at trial — making repeated misrepresentations to the court, asking questions to deliberately elicit barred testimony and improperly coaching witnesses. The judge also concluded Kurtz had given documents to the Chicago Tribune during the trial in an effort to improperly influence the jury.
And the kicker?
  • The ruling not only overturns the jury's verdict in December awarding $260,000 in damages to Nicole Tomaskovic for the July 2007 incident involving Officer [WS] but also ends litigation over whether the city had a pattern and practice of covering up for the actions of bad officers.
So there is NO pattern or practice of covering up anymore. The ACLU can be told to pack their tents and leave town. The ISR is dead and IPRA is saved! All those millions Rahm was counting on spending for all sorts of crooked shit can go directly to underfunded police pensions and maybe some toward retiree healthcare.

Happy days are here again.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't count your pensions and retiree health care until it actually arrives.

10/02/2016 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All will be forgotten in tomorrow's tribune... You can bet your ass on it, not in boys town tho...

10/02/2016 04:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis

10/02/2016 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems as if lawyers now have a documented pattern and practice of corruption

10/02/2016 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actual Justice in Crook County?? Must be the vast right wing conspiracy

10/02/2016 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why alligators never attack or eat lawyers... professional courtesy.

10/02/2016 07:50:00 AM  
Blogger PianoLessons said...

God bless that judge.

10/02/2016 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a lot of crooked lawyers, just look at traffic court. Lawyers can be seen "coaching" (telling them to commit perjury) their clients in the hallway. Anything to get them off the hook. Nothing is ever done about it.

10/02/2016 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are out of your mind the ACLU is here to stay and they are looking to fuck us. SCC that is never going to happen.

10/02/2016 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called a Monell claim. That was dismissed along with their suit against the officer.

10/02/2016 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

And I thought I was a dreamer.

10/02/2016 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the Tribune give this story the coverage it deserves? Should the babbling Bruce Dold, editor, make one of his appearances on WTTW's Chicago Tonight and reveal that they were part of a lawyer's scheme to taint a jury? Maybe he should be re-named Dolt in this web site.

Retired .38 spl +P

10/02/2016 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unusual to see a judge with both legal chops and judicial fortitude in this day and age. Is it too soon to be cautiously optimistic about the future ?

10/02/2016 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lest we forget all the tons of work the DOJ just did....

10/02/2016 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A District Court ruling has limited or even no precedential value. It's not typically a published Appellate ruling. District courts are fact finders or triers of fact, typically not cited. Same thing on the Circuit court trial level in Cook County. On these facts only, the Stevenson Expy incident, the judge found that there was no "pattern and practice..." However, if I recall, the Anthony Abatte beating matter was of precedential value because an Appellate Court made findings and that decision is cited to.

10/02/2016 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ISRA should go straight into the Shredder... ACLU should get a kick in the ass right out the door, and that IPRA nonsensical shitshow should be taken off the air.

10/02/2016 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no harm in celebrating this rare victory, but know the " victim " lottery usually pays off big time. Sandra Brown's family ( ?) didn't show up to bail her out, but will show up promtly to collect their share of $ 1.9 MILLION

10/02/2016 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the repercussions for Ms. Kurtz are? Anyone? I thought not for thou are lawyers. The police and lack of police are blamed for the rise in crime but the big elephant in the room is the US Attorney who cherry picks cases on the basis of political impact and the Cook County States Attorneys Office who cherry picks cases on the basis of political impact and we wonder why have thousands of people shot on the street this year and we may break 700 dead? And you Judges who simply release the crimials arrested by the police like this is some trout fishing derby. Or the politicans who think closing two or three divisions at the jail is a great idea. We all know who is to blame and we all know what we must do at some point in our lives. Get the fuck out of this liberal democratic mecca and leave IL. By the way, on another thread here is to Mr. Chicago and is vibrant city. You are an idiot. With the carnage of crime you mistake tension on the street for vibrance knucklehead.

10/02/2016 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I have read, this attorney sounds like she could be slated for a Cook County judgeship. All she needs is a party sponsor. This kind of conduct demonstrates she likely already has one. Great. And the idiots on that jury will vote for her year after year and the beat goes on.

10/02/2016 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
That's why alligators never attack or eat lawyers... professional courtesy.
10/02/2016 07:50:00 AM

It's sharks, not alligators. Epic failure.

10/02/2016 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....There are a lot of crooked lawyers, just look at traffic court. Lawyers can be seen "coaching" (telling them to commit perjury) their clients in the hallway.....

That's not COACHING, it's the ART of Suggestion and it's been going on for over 50 years sonny boy.


10/02/2016 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will she be disbarred?

10/02/2016 08:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Attorney made an utterly false statement to a local media entity about me in a case a few years ago, where I was a potential witness. When confronted in court by counsel, she withdrew her comments. However, in this internet day and age, falsehoods can live forever.

Simply put, the IARDC should take action.

10/02/2016 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone file an ARDC complaint on her?

10/03/2016 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Tribune and a crooked lawyer illegally conspired to subvert the law and sway a jury pool costing the taxpayers money and smearing the police department? I am sure heads will roll and the offenders will be brought to justice.

Oops, wait a minute. I forgot it's Chicago.

10/03/2016 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Old Retired White Shirt said...

Curious if the City will now try to be reimbursed for the costs of their defense.
I believe Losers get hit with costs.

10/03/2016 12:40:00 PM  

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