Meanwhile, in Cook County, two judges in hot water over statements

While the nation was watching the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle, two judges in Cook County made local news for their comments.

The first involves a judge who handles a felony call at 26th Street.  From the Sun-Times:

A Cook County judge has been reassigned after he was accused of calling a female prosecutor a “b–ch” and suggesting that he may have had sex with her.

Judge Mauricio Araujo, a criminal court judge, allegedly made the comments on Sept. 11 when the female assistant state’s attorney appeared in his courtroom…

Attached to Foxx’s letter to Martin was a memo that had been sent to Foxx from Steven Block, a bureau chief in the state’s attorney’s office…

According to the memo, the female prosecutor and Araujo were law school classmates more than two decades ago. In law school, Araujo made “unwanted sexual advances” that the prosecutor rejected, the memo says.

“To this day, [the female prosecutor] recalls in detail one of the incidents because of the particularly crude nature of Araujo’s conduct,” Block wrote.

Since that time, the female prosecutor had seen Araujo around the courthouse, but they had not spoken, the memo said.

On the Sept. 11 incident, the female prosecutor was in Araujo’s courtroom for a hearing in a murder case that had been reassigned to Araujo when another judge retired.

Araujo was overheard speaking to his clerk in Spanish and appeared upset and agitated, the memo said. A person interviewed by Brock reported that the judge commented: “She walked in and didn’t give me any congrats or acknowledge me. She acted like she didn’t know who I was.”

Araujo then walked off the bench and into his chambers.

Another assistant state’s attorney in the courtroom was later called into Araujo’s chambers that day with a Chicago police officer to discuss a case. As the judge signed an order for that assistant state’s attorney, he appeared upset and said, “You think you went to f—ing law school with someone, you would think she would say ‘hi’ to you,” according to the memo. Araujo then allegedly called the female prosecutor a “b–ch.”

According to the memo, that assistant state’s attorney did not initially know the judge was referring to a fellow prosecutor and replied, “Maybe she didn’t recognize you in your robe.”

Araujo allegedly responded, “Our law school class had only about 50 people and she can’t say ‘hi’ to me,” and “Well, maybe it’s because I didn’t have sex with her or maybe it’s because I did have sex with her.”

The assistant state’s attorney who heard the comments was “uncomfortable with this interaction and Araujo’s behavior,” and later informed the female prosecutor of the interaction with the judge, the memo says.

Araujo has been reassigned to administrative duty for the time being.  Read the entire story here:  https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=1384789

You can read State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s letter and ASA Steven Block’s memo about Judge Araujo here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-read-memo-judge-mauricio-araujo-20180925-htmlstory.html

The second involves a judge who rotates between felony and misdemeanor calls in Rolling Meadows.  From WBEZ:

While presiding in a courtroom in Rolling Meadows in July, a white Cook County Circuit Court judge told an African-American criminal defendant, “You were never a slave,” according to court transcripts obtained by WBEZ.

The racially charged comment came from Judge Richard D. Schwind as he sentenced 31-year-old Deon Lindsey in a misdemeanor battery case.

Lindsey admitted hitting his ex-girlfriend’s white brother at her apartment in Hoffman Estates in May. But Lindsey told police he was provoked by being called the N-word, records show.

But the transcript shows Schwind then told Lindsey, “You take offense to a word that — you, you were never a slave, but you take offense to it. And I understand that. But the bigger man walks away. You don’t resort to violence. That’s why society is the way it is now.”

According to a Hoffman Estates police report, Lindsey came to the station on May 25 and told officers that his ex-girlfriend’s brother “called him a ‘n—–.’”

After hearing cases Wednesday in Courtroom 101 in the Rolling Meadows branch, Schwind declined to comment.

But on Thursday, the spokesman for Chief Judge Timothy Evans told WBEZ that the court system’s executive committee will review the matter at its Oct. 3 meeting.

Read the full story here:  https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/white-cook-county-judge-tells-black-defendant-you-were-never-a-slave/56832403-3305-488a-ac7d-90cd6115dc98?utm_source=email&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Web-Share

Jayson Werth pleads guilty to DUI

From the Washington Post:

Former Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pled guilty last week to driving under the influence in the Scottsdale area. The arrest occurred in April, when Werth was playing at the Mariners’ spring training facility in nearby Peoria. The court sentenced Werth to a diversion program, ordered drug and alcohol screening, charged him more than $1,600 in fines and fees, and suspended his driver’s license.

At the time of his arrest, police reported Werth for three violations: Driving Under the Influence of liquor, drugs, or vapors (a charge applied to someone driving “while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree”), DUI with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, and driving without current registration. The second two charges were dropped as part of Werth’s plea agreement.

Read the entire story here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2018/09/25/former-national-jayson-werth-pleads-guilty-to-dui-charge-in-arizona/?utm_term=.21a3884c3745

Rams center arrested for DUI after game

From Fox News:

Los Angeles Rams backup center Aaron Neary was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence and crashing into several objects in a city north of Los Angeles, police said.

Neary’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, the Ventura County Star reported, citing police.

The crash allegedly occurred around 6:30 p.m. in Simi Valley, which is about an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. Local authorities said they began receiving calls about a person driving erratically, according to the paper. Authorities said the vehicle crashed into a bus stop sign, mailboxes and trashcans.

The vehicle kept moving, police said.

Officers stopped the vehicle at an intersection and conducted a traffic stop, the Star reported. Police later identified the driver as Aaron Neary, 25, a Simi Valley resident who plays for the Los Angeles Rams.

Neary allegedly blew .17 percent on a breathalyzer test – more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to the report. The Rams player was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI with blood alcohol level over .08 percent, hit and run, and property damage, police said.

I received a new 5 Star Review on AVVO

I received this five star review from a former client on the AVVO website.  AVVO is an attorney ratings site.  My client posted this after he was found “not guilty” of battery after a bench trial.  Previously, I had represented him two other times.  The first case that I handled, I obtained a not guilty in an Aggravated (felony) DUI case.  After that, I represented him before the Illinois Secretary of State and he got a Restricted Driving Permit after his first hearing.

Here is his review:

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I have been hiring Harold for since 2016 and he was referred to me by a family member. He has gotten me a off on two separate trials, one for battery and the other was DUI, not to mention represented me in successfully gaining a restricted drivers license. Does not nickel and dime and is far from lazy, and more importantly is a tirelessly diligent attorney whom I am very thankful for.

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Vince Vaughn charged with DUI

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From People Magazine:

Vince  Vaughn has been officially charged with a misdemeanor after he was arrested at a DUI checkpoint in Manhattan Beach, California earlier this summer…

Vaughn was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with .08 percent blood alcohol content or higher and refusing to comply with a peace officer or to submit to an inspection, all misdemeanors.

According to District Attorney’s office, if convicted as charged, Vaughn faces up to 360 days in county jail. This is Vaughn’s first DUI offense.

The actor’s mugshot was released hours after his arrest. Vaughn— whose male passenger was also reportedly booked for obstruction and public intoxication — is seen grinning in the photo. A rep for the actor couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Vaughn was pulled over between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach at 2:40am at a DUI checkpoint, police previously confirmed to PEOPLE…

Sgt. Tim Zins later clarified to CNN that Vaughn wasn’t “fighting with officers, but more … delaying the investigation.”