The entire Cook County legal community is shocked and saddened to learn about the murder of Judge Raymond Myles.
Judge Myles was a Cook County Judge for nearly 20 years. He was assigned to the Criminal Division. Over the years, I appeared before him many times, and tried two cases before him. He was a very good trial judge, well versed in the law. He was fair and impartial. He was open-minded and did not pre-judge cases until he heard all of the evidence. He was big-hearted and street smart. In short, he was everything that you would want in a judge.
Just a few weeks ago it was reported that Judge Myles had been seriously injured a year a half ago, after a motor vehicle accident, when the other driver assaulted him, fracturing his nose among other injuries which required reconstructive surgery.
Police are still investigating the murder, and preliminary reports indicate that they believe that this was a robbery gone wrong, unrelated to the assault case or any other matter before him.
My condolences to his family. He did so much for our community and will be missed tremendously.