Brocton Lockwood, a downstate Illinois Judge, who is remembered as the Judge who wore a wire to expose corruption in the Chicago Traffic Court, has passed away.
Judge Lockwood was one of several downstate Judges who were sent to Chicago to do a rotation in the First Municipal Division, due to a shortage of Judges. He was shocked to see the widespread corruption that was then rampant. Working with the FBI, he took over the other downstate Judges’ rotation spots and spent three years in Chicago, mostly working at the Traffic Court then located at 321 N. LaSalle Street. He befriended, to the extent an outsider could, Sheriffs, Clerks and Judges to get inside information and to keep track of suspicious cases.
He published a book entitled “Operation Greylord: Brocton Lockwood’s story” which is out of print but used copies can be found on Amazon, ebay and used bookstores. I got a copy a couple of years ago. It is not very long, and because he was only a small part of the Operation Greylord story, you won’t get details about, say, corruption in the divorce courts like you will in James Tuohy and Rob Warden’s book Greylord, but it has lots of small details about the workings of First Municipal and especially Traffic Court in the early 80s. Its most compelling aspect is how it puts in you in Judge Lockwood’s mindset as he became an undercover operative, risking his life, and always worried about what would happen if his cover was blown.
I have to admit that I am bit uncomfortable about the idea of wearing a wire and befriending people in order to betray them, even if these people were committing criminal acts and perverting our justice system. Yet, as an attorney who obtained his law license shortly after the Greylord scandal was revealed, I am thankful for work of Judge Lockwood’ (and all the others involved) in cleaning up our courts. In my 24 years of practice, I am not aware of any bribery or other corruption going on in our judicial system. So thank you, Judge Lockwood.
From the Patch:
ELMHURST, IL — A Villa Park woman was arrested twice in one night on May 18, both times for DUI, according to Elmhurst Police reports. Brenda Rivera, 28, was first arrested at 1:39 a.m. at North and Route 83.
According to reports, officers stopped Rivera for improper lane use, and then it was found she was drunk driving. She was charged with DUI, improper lane use and was released on her bond. Her car was also towed.
Then, at 3:40 a.m., officers again arrested Rivera at North and Myrtle, according to reports. Officers had stopped her for speeding and improper lane use, and was still under the influence of alcohol.
After being released from custody the first time, Rivera had borrowed a car since her own car was towed, according to reports.
Rivera was charged under State of Illinois charges with DUI, violation of bail bond, improper lane use and speeding. She was then taken to DuPage County Jail.
Assuming that the first arrest was the first ever arrest for Ms. Rivera, and that her driver’s license was valid, then both of these cases would be misdemeanors.
This type of thing used to happen more often before police began impounding vehicles after a DUI arrest. Also, nowadays, most towns hold a suspect for several hours before releasing them. Neither of these things happened when I first began to practice DUI defense. Back then, it was not unusual for a person to get his or her car keys back when he or she bonded out, and be able to drive home.
From the Patch:
Less than a month after his DUI arrest, Romeoville Mayor John Noak entered a guilty plea in Will County court. Noak, 44, said he received a $1,500 fine and a year’s supervision, and will be required to submit to an alcohol evaluation and attend a victim impact panel.
Noak, 44, who issued a public apology — including apologizing to Romeoville’s police chief and the officers who responded the day of his arrest — said he takes full responsibility for driving while impaired.
Noak told Patch he took a prescribed medication the day of his State of the Village due an abrupt health issue, but said that wasn’t an excuse for what happened. “(The medication) was something I was unfamiliar with, I didn’t realize it would affect my body so severely,” he said. Noak said he also had not eaten anything prior to his speech.
“Being on medication, getting exhausted and not eating, then going out afterward — that was still my responsibility. That’s still impaired,” he said.
Read the entire story at this link: https://patch.com/illinois/plainfield/s/gf1vl/noak-pleads-guilty-to-dui-i-take-full-responsibility?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=weather&utm_campaign=alert