Making Out the Monell Claim under Section 1983

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Making Out the Monell Claim under Section 1983

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Mom awaiting trial for nightmares about killing kids: Defence 15

August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Mom awaiting trial for nightmares about killing kids: Defence 




A woman suffering from nightmares. (Fotolia)

MONTREAL – A mother of seven from north of Montreal is awaiting trial after being arrested in April for dreaming of killing her children, her lawyer alleges.

The 38-year-old mother, whose name can’t be published to protect the identity of her children, allegedly told Quebec’s child protective services that she had recurring nightmares of entering her daughters’ room and stabbing them to death with a knife.

Two weeks after she told her story to Quebec’s child welfare agency, police arrested her and charged her with assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon, and for failing to provide the necessities of life.

“I never wanted to hurt my children,” the mother told QMI Agency. “There was never even a knife, it was a dream.”

Valerie De Guise, the mother’s lawyer, told QMI Agency the criminal accusations will likely not stick because they are based on her client’s statements to the child agency.

The mother of seven was jailed for 90 days and hasn’t seen her children since her arrest.

The Crown declined to comment.


Our prayers and hearts says this has to stop using our children for profit to the states ?

August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Submitted by Lukes Dad
on Sat, 08/03/2013 – 06:56
Fight Child Protection Department Corruption:
In Loving Memory of Alexandria Hill Who Died While in Foster Care Aged 2 Years Old

 Father of foster child who died speaks to KVUE


… Another baby protected to death while in the governments’ care…

Note: When I look at these photos, and they are coming through everyday, beautiful little children who were loved, kidnapped and murdered by government departments who move onto the next family the next day, I can’t help but be reminded of my own little angel Lukey Pookey. These government predators need to be jailed..

A loving father lost custody of his little girl last November in Austin, Tx, after he admitted to.smoking marijuana at night after he put his child down for bedtime.

The precious little girl was not ill, or harmed by her fathers nightcap, nor was she exposed to the marijuana he smoked, yet this loving parent had his two year old baby girl taken by CPS and placed in foster care last fall.

At visits, the father noticed bruises on his daughter, and voiced his concerns for the welfare of his little girl at the foster home she’d been placed in. Those concerns went ignored by CPS.

Now this beautiful baby girl was MURDERED in foster care by an abusive foster mom who was in it for the money! Below is an article where the woman admits, after changing her story a few times, that she slammed the little two year old girl down on her head at least two times before losing her grip the third time, dropping the girl on her head. Causing her death.

The foster mother was angry at the little girl for waking up hungry and getting herself something to eat and some water to drink out of the kitchen. So she killed her.

This child was removed from her natural home because of a father’s recreational marijuana use. The same natural herb that is rapidly being decriminalized in many other U.S. states!! Really.

As an advocate for the foster children and families torn apart wrongly by the system, I have stated before, my stance, on the issue of drug use and CPS. I strongly believe that absent evidence of abuse or neglect, and absent injury or harm to the child,there should be no reason for the removal of that child from their natural home solely because of a parents’ drug use and/or drug addiction particularly if there is no reason to believe that the drug was never used in the presence of the child. If the use of the marijuana was kept outside the child’s awareness, smoked after bedtime, I do not agree with the removal of that child solely due to that recreational marijuana use if it truly had no deleterious effect on the child, and where there is no other sign of abuse or neglect, and no injury to the child!

If the social worker truly believes a parent has a drug problem..there are plenty of outpatient rehabilitation programs available for the parent to receive help that the CPS worker could refer the parent to, while keeping the family unit in-tact.

Had an approach such a that been utilized in this situation, this baby girl would not have suffered abuse by the FOSTER PARENT and would not have been brutally and senselessly murdered! I also question the worker monitoring the visits who failed to investigate the signs of abuse that the father pointed out with obvious concern. What happened there?
What this is .. is a child welfare system failure at its worst!

I hope this case grinds deep into the minds of every cps worker. I hope this reminds them to rethink when they begin to needlessly remove a child from an abuse-free/neglect-free home where other in-home services are available.

CHILDREN ARE NOT A SOURCE OF INCOME …. THIS WOMAN, when convicted (seems inevitable since she’s already confessed though, technically, she is still innocent til proven guilty in the court of law) (supposedly) SHE DESERVES  DEATH…(and in my opinion,a slow painful death)

It should be recorded and televised for foster parents to-be to watch in training class. Then maybe the “monsters to-be” who are getting into foster parenting to “earn an income” like this monster did.. will reconsider fostering and go get a JOB away from our children if they saw something REAL AND JUST being done about those who abuse and kill foster children!

God be with this baby girls’ family in this time of grief.

I hope this tragic loss changes something in the system, for change is so drastically needed.

May this little girls death not be in vain.


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist ERIN COKER Bio | Email | Follow: @AshleyG_KVUE

ROCKDALE, Texas — Tucked away behind the trees in Rockdale, Texas is a normally quiet neighborhood, but the peace has been shattered.

“It shocked me. It really did,” said Lois Rash, who lives in Rockdale.

“It’s a shame. Never should have happened,” added neighbor Larry McAdams.

Their neighbor, 54-year-old Sherill Small is now charged with the murder of her foster daughter Alexandria Hill, better known as Alex.

Monday night, police, fire and EMS crews were called out to the Small home. Small, who was the only person home at the time, called and said the two-year-old wasn’t breathing.

Alex was taken to the hospital, then airlifted to the children’s hospital in Temple. Alex’s biological parents rushed to her side.

“When I got there, it was about 1:00 in the morning and I found out that Alex was in a coma,” said her father Joshua Hill.

Wednesday night Hill and Alex’s mother decided to take her off life support.

“There’s not words to describe trying to make that decision,” said Hill.

Back in Rockdale, police say Small’s story about what happened kept changing.

“Originally, Mrs. Small reported that the child was running backwards and had fallen and this is how she had received the injuries. Later, it changed to kind of we were playing ring-around-the-rosy and I was swinging her and she fell,” said Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris. “And at some point somebody had gotten information that she was supposed to have been riding a bicycle and fallen off.”

Chief Harris said things just didn’t add up.

“I mean a two year old child doesn’t run backwards and fall hard enough to get this type of an injury,” explained Harris.

Doctors say Alex had hemorrhaging in her brain and eyes. An autopsy shows she had blunt force trauma to the head.

Harris says Thursday morning, Small finally told them the truth.

“She had evidently been frustrated with the child all day long. She had… the child… had evidently gotten up before the Small’s did and she had went and got into some food and some water,” said Harris. “That is what Mrs. Small was initially upset with her about…. had made her stand in a dark room, according to our reports, for at least three-to-four hours, wouldn’t let her sit or anything.”

Then around 7:00 that night, the young child, so full of life, was knocked unconscious.

“She actually admitted that she had slung the child down on the floor,” said Harris.

Small told investigators she raised the toddler over her head and slung her down toward the floor twice.

“On the third time down she said she lost her grip and dropped the child. Slammed the child down on the floor,” explained Harris.

Harris says Small’s husband, who wasn’t home when the incident happened, became emotional and even cried when talking to police. But not Small.

“I did not see a whole lot of remorse. I think it’s more like a lot of times these people’s, they’re sorry that they’re in trouble. This is the sense that I get. It’s still about them, it’s not really remorse about the child. I never got that feeling,” added Harris.

The Small’s had another foster child who is eight-months-old. That child has been removed.

Police say neither Small or her husband had jobs, but were instead planning to foster between five and six children as a source of income.

Small is in the Milam County Jail. Her bond has been set at $100,000.

ROUND ROCK — He never thought his visit with her Thursday, July 25 would be his last.

“We got to sit down at McDonalds and have lunch and play for a while,” said Round Rock resident Joshua Hill.

“She got a little ‘Despicable Me 2’ toy in her happy meal and she loved it. She kept climbing up in my lap and she fed me french fries.”

But on Monday night, Hill’s daughter Alexandria, or Alex as they liked to call her, was rushed to a Rockdale hospital with severe head injuries, then flown to Scott and White Children’s Emergency Hospital in Temple and immediately placed on life support.

Alex was living with foster parents after DFPS removed her from her parent’s home last November for “neglectful supervision.”

Hill admits they were smoking pot when their daughter was asleep.

“We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care.”

For two months, Alex was placed in a home that Hill says was dangerous.

“She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag. It got to a point where I actually told CPS that they would have to have me arrested because I wouldn’t let her go back.”

In January, CPS placed her with Sherill Small in Rockdale, and Hill says things seemed safe there.

“They listened, they paid attention when we had concerns, they tried to keep us in the loop, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Hill got the call Monday night that his daughter was in a Temple hospital.

“They wouldn’t tell me what condition she was in or what was wrong or what had happened. The only thing they would tell me is I needed to be there. When I got there, I found out that Alex was in a coma.”

For two days, they held out hope she would regain consciousness but on Wednesday night Alex was taken off life support.

Rockdale detectives say Small’s explanation didn’t match Alex’s injuries, so Thursday they arrested the foster mother on murder charges.

Hill says he was less than four months away from getting Alex back and now he’ll never get the chance.

CPS removed another child from the foster home on Monday after Alex was rushed to the hospital.

Small’s bond is set at $100,000.

Officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services tell KVUE they rely on private child placing agencies to perform background checks on all foster homes.

The agency in this case is called Texas Mentor and state records show 15 total deficiencies for the Austin branch of that agency over the past two years.

Four of those deficiencies were for failing to perform proper background checks on people who live in foster homes.

The state does not specify which homes were involved in those cases.

by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN


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Local Foster Mother Charged In Death Of 2-Year-Old Alex Hill

Sat, 08/03/2013 – 07:20 — Lukes Dad

ROCKDALE (August 1, 2013)–A Rockdale woman was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old foster child who was placed in her home in January.

Sherill Small, 54, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bond on the murder charge, Milam County Jail records showed Thursday.

Bell County Justice of the Peace David Barfield pronounced Alexandria Hill, 2, dead at Scott & White’s McLane Children’s Hospital on Wednesday after she was taken off life support.

Barfield has ordered an autopsy.

Officers were sent to Small’s home at around 7 p.m. Monday in response to a report that the girl was unresponsive and not breathing.

The child was taken first to Richards Memorial Hospital’s emergency room and then was flown to Scott & White.

Rockdale police said Small was the lone caregiver at the time of the child’s injury and said the explanation she offered was inconsistent with what doctors found, police said.

Texas Child Protective Services and the Mentor Texas Program placed the toddler with Small and her husband Clemon in January, police said.

Tell us about your Judge ? Good i hope but we all need a good fantasies ?

July 19, 2013 § Leave a comment


How about just lets keep this to a min. words of 1000 i know it is to easy to do!!!!!1

Sarasota Crooked Lawyers their every where the appearance there could be Judges as well?

July 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

What will you give up?

1 comment to What will you give up?

  • I have fought and walked the walk since 1987, I continued to educate myself with the knowledge of the laws to try and stay a step ahead. I have fought in the battle field of the courtrooms, With the families that needed help and ask for nothing in return. I have tried to ” Make a Difference ” with my boots on the ground and in return I have been intimidated and retaliated against.
    My children and grand-children have suffered the consequences for my actions to fight for the rights of families.
    The courts have proven to be bias and cases are predetermined before trial, that being ,If the families even have the will to go as far as trial. Most families are beat down and threatened into case plans to keep their children in the system as long as possible ..
    Once a family is out of DCF and into the hands of the sub-contractors, That is where the Cash for Kids comes into play. DCF is not funded by SS Title IV , the Sub-contractor IS. The longer the children are in care, the longer the money flows. No matter what the case plan is, They will drag it out and the courts will allow them to do so.
    As for the court venue, The meaning of that hearing is to be HEARD, However, That is not the case, The court will shut you down, refuse to listen to you, refuse to listen to the children. Parents are judged prior to ever being heard, children’s best interest is ignored and especially when there is proof that a case has been compromised by any agency.
    The court will go above and beyond ethics and morals to discredit any one who can prove corruption, perjury, falsification of documents and violations of policies, procedures, mandates, and most of all the Fl Statues Chapter 39.

    As I write this on the 7th day of June,2013, Here in Lee County Florida, I hereby swear that without giving details of the case that I have been evoked, I will state that predetermination, bias and cover ups are in fact occurring here and that I have documented proof that is to be turned over to the Florida Attorney General’s Office of the Inspector General, who has full knowledge of these documents and has been waiting to speak to me.
    The States intent is to discredit me prior to my meeting with him, in hopes that it will minimize the effects of this production.

    In closing, as a court watcher, What I have witnessed is wrong, Families and children have NO Voice in the venue to be heard !
    Families are judged by past history of no relevance !
    Families are accused, threatened, and destroyed !
    No accountability is ever held to anyone who has lied, falsified documents or has committed perjury under sworn oath .

Judge dismisses lawsuit that challenged guardian ad litem system

July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Judge dismisses lawsuit that challenged guardian ad litem system

Published: July 17, 2013

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Moscow man who challenged Lackawanna County’s use of court-appointed attorneys in private child custody disputes.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann on Monday said the lawsuit filed by Dr. Michael Stefanov could not be heard in federal court because it involves an ongoing matter in state court.

Dr. Stefanov filed suit in March 2012 against Lackawanna County, Judges Trish Corbett, Chester Harhut and Thomas Munley and attorney Danielle Ross, who served as guardian ad litem, a court appointed attorney who represents the interest of the child in disputed custody matters.

Dr. Stefanov claimed Mrs. Ross, who is awaiting trial on charges of income tax evasion related to her court work, violated his constitutional rights by demanding he follow her often-unreasonable directives under the threat she would preclude him from seeing his son if he did not comply.

The lawsuit also faulted the county court system, alleging judges too freely appointed Mrs. Ross to cases where her intervention was not warranted, and failed to monitor her behavior to ensure she was not violating parents’ rights.

Judge Brann’s ruling does not address the merits of Dr. Stefanov’s claims as it is based on a legal interpretation of whether the case was properly before the federal court.

Attorneys for the county argued the case should be dismissed because it involves a custody case in state court. Federal appellate courts have previously held that the federal court system should not interfere with a state court proceeding except in extraordinary circumstances.

Dr. Stefanov’s attorney, Paul Cianci, argued the custody matter was not ongoing since a final custody order was issued in 2010. Judge Brann agreed with the county’s attorneys, who maintained the custody case was ongoing because the custody order could be modified at any time.

Mr. Cianci declined to comment on whether Dr. Stefanov will appeal the ruling.

The decision ends the civil case, but Mrs. Ross still faces trial in federal on charges she failed to pay income tax on approximately $200,000 she collected between 2009 and 2010 from parents for her guardian ad litem work. No trial date has been set.

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bad bad illinois public officials and has strong ties to Will county

July 11, 2013 § 3 Comments

St. Clair County implodesThursday, Jun 27, 2013

* This is just the latest twist in what has been a totally bizarre month in St. Clair County

A former state lawmaker who’s the new clerk of southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County says his new job will pay about $20,000 less than what he is making, but he’s fine with that.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Tom Holbrook will make $100,800 as St. Clair County clerk. He’s now making $120,000 a year as chairman of the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

The county’s board on Monday night unanimously appointed Holbrook as the replacement of Bob Delaney, who resigned last week after an employee accused him of discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Delaney denied any wrongdoing.

* The Delaney incident was really awful

Employees of St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney, who resigned abruptly this week, complained that their boss grabbed their breasts and buttocks, kissed them and made inappropriate comments at work, according a copy of an investigative report released Thursday.

The report, by county Equal Employment Opportunity Officer Laura Beasley, also said workers accused Delaney of drinking on the job, using racial slurs and cultivating a climate of fear and racial discrimination.

Beasley determined that the complaint was “overwhelmingly founded.”

The investigation was prompted by a May 16 complaint from Laura Romero, a 25-year-old employee who had been fired. The report was released Wednesday by Romero’s lawyer, Thomas Kennedy III, but parts were missing due to a faxing error.

The complete report says that four other employees were mulling complaints against Delaney. It says seven employees told Beasley that Delaney had grabbed the buttocks of workers, two employees said he grabbed their breasts and 13 said they had been kissed by Delaney “on the face, cheeks, and lips.”

* But that was nothing compared to what happened in late May.  The judge who presided over the county’s drug court, and whose father is a major trial lawyer and bigtime Democratic campaign contributor, was arrested.  From May 24th

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook is the target of a federal investigation. […]

The investigation has raised new questions about the death of Circuit Judge Joe Christ, who died in March while at a hunting cabin in Pike County, Ill., owned by Cook’s family. The Pike County coroner, Paul Petty, confirmed Friday that Christ died of cocaine intoxication, and that traces of cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found near his body.

Christ, 49, a longtime St. Clair County prosecutor, had only been on the bench about a week before his death.

* Later in the day

A southwestern Illinois judge already under scrutiny after a colleague died of a cocaine overdose at his family’s hunting lodge was charged Friday with possession of heroin and guns.

Wearing cutoff shorts and a T-shirt with the slogan “Bad is my middle name,” St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook pleaded not guilty to federal counts of possessing heroin and having a firearm while being an illegal user of controlled substances. The criminal complaint alleges those offenses took place Thursday, and that Cook is an addict.

Earlier Friday, the county coroner said toxicology tests showed that Cook’s colleague, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Joe Christ, overdosed on cocaine while staying with Cook at the Cook family’s 2,500-square-foot cabin near the Mississippi River in western Illin

* Apparently, the two went easy on an alleged heroin dealer who sold them drugs

First Assistant U.S. Attorney James Porter blames St. Clair County justice for the absence of criminal convictions against alleged heroin dealer and addict Sean McGilvery of Belleville. […]

Porter said he was aware that a report from probation officers listed no convictions.

“We are also aware that the reason is because of the people he dealt with in the courthouse,” Porter said.

“He simply hasn’t been made to pay for any of the things he has done in the past.”

McGilvery allegedly supplied heroin that addicted former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook.

* Christ  dismissed tickets

In his final days as a St. Clair County prosecutor, Joe Christ recommended that traffic tickets be dismissed for two men accused in federal court documents of selling cocaine and heroin to Christ and his friend, Circuit Judge Michael Cook, and then Cook obliged.

* The scale is just mind-boggling

Suspended Circuit Court Judge Michael Cook’s long-time friend, Sean McGilvery, has been named a co-defendant in a high-volume heroin distribution case allegedly run by a mother and son team from Fairview Heights previously charged with concealing the drug overdose death of a 30-year-old woman.

McGilvery, 34, of Belleville, was charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute more than two pounds of heroin. McGilvery, who pleaded not guilty, resided at 309 N. 38th St. in Belleville, the same address where the home’s owner, McGilvery’s mother Linda Gibson, said Cook was arrested Wednesday evening by federal agents.

On Friday, Cook was charged with possessing heroin and a felony weapons charge. He pleaded not guilty.

Also charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin are Deborah A. Perkins, 64, and her 46-year-old son, Douglas W. Oliver. They were charged Sept. 5 with moving the body of Jessica Williams from their Fairview Heights home and dumping it in Washington Park. An autopsy showed Williams died from a heroin overdose. […]

In addition to being friends for years, McGilvery is also linked to Cook through a 1999 injury liability case where Cook was his lawyer, and in a 2011 drug possession case where Cook was the judge. Cook dismissed the felony drug possession charge in May 2012 after McGilvery completed a drug treatment program.

* And the irony is too thick to be imagined

The St. Clair County Circuit judge at the center of a drug scandal and charged with heroin possession, handled 90 percent of the circuit’s drug court cases. Judge Michael Cook decided if felons were complying with their rehabilitation efforts. Ironically, it is the judge who is in rehab right now.

* A probation officer was also involved

On Tuesday, St. Clair County Probation Officer James K. Fogarty, 45, of Belleville, appeared in federal court to answer to charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty and waived his preliminary hearing. He remains in federal custody until a bond hearing set for next week.

During an interview with FBI agent Joe Murphy at Fogarty’s home, Fogarty said he used cocaine with Cook and newly elected Associate Circuit Judge Joe Christ, who was a longtime St. Clair County prosecutor.

Fogarty told Murphy that he sold an “eight ball of cocaine,” or about an eighth of an ounce, to the judges with each paying about $140 apiece. The cocaine was purchased by the judges the day before Christ was found dead at Cook’s family’s hunting cabin in Pike County, Ill. The Pike County sheriff has said that Christ died of cocaine toxicity.

* And that probation officer reportedly squealed

In asking a judge not to release a former St. Clair County probation officer on bond, a federal prosecutor said the defendant “implicated a number of prominent people up in Belleville and the area around.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Porter said the government was concerned that these people might encourage James K. Fogarty, of Belleville, to flee so that he could not further implicate them. He said Fogarty, in his job as a probation officer, committed “a jaw-dropping and extraordinary breach of trust,” and is a flight risk.

* The rot appears to be quite widespread

The daughter of a former St. Clair County judge was a co-defendant in a drug case against a man who federal prosecutors say provided heroin to another county judge, Michael Cook.

Katherine C. O’Malley, 33, of Belleville, the daughter of retired Circuit Judge Michael O’Malley, is listed as a co-defendant in the 2011 case of Sean McGilvery of Belleville, who was charged with possessing crack cocaine.

Cook, a longtime friend of McGilvery’s, ordered McGilvery to complete a drug treatment class, then dismissed the case.

O’Malley’s case has been expunged and is no longer listed in the circuit clerk’s records, but her attorney, Greg Skinner, said she was ordered to complete drug school, then Circuit Judge John Baricevic dismissed the case on May 23, 2012. It was the same punishment as McGilvery received.

* The US Attorney is expanding the probe

U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton told reporters the investigation into who else might be involved is “wide open,” and continues within St. Clair County Courthouse and beyond

* Did that federal probe include a local police chief, who killed himself?

No one has implicated the late Caseyville police chief J.D. Roth as a suspect in a federal investigation, except Roth himself.

After his June 13 suicide, those close to him told Fairview Heights police that he had been depressed for months about an investigation.

Public records show Roth was arrested on May 8, when state police picked him up on two charges of official misconduct.

Roth shot himself in his back yard, at 9704 Avalon in Fairview Heights..


* Related…

* Departing clerk Delaney faces action over bad debt

* Bound in handcuffs, Belleville woman is interrogated by FBI about Judge Michael Cook

* Judge grants Cook’s motion to continue trial on drug charge; Grand jury returns indictments of McGilvery, Fogarty

* Mothers of women who died from heroin blame Cook: ‘If (he’d) been doing his job …’

* ‘What’s the difference between him and me — the black robe?’: Former addict resents being sent to prison by Cook

* Fallout from Cook case: St. Clair County may expand drug testing

* Accused drug dealer at heart of courthouse scandal won’t go to rehab

* Steven McGlynn named to St. Clair County bench

– Posted by Rich Miller            


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    1. –  Palos Park Bob – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:23 pm:

      Gosh, what a corrupt and disgusting judicial bureaucracy we have in Illinois.

      And to think that if the guy didn’t OD he could’ve stayed on the bench fixing drug cases for decades.

      What has to happen for this state to clean out the cesspool it’s become?

      I certainly don’t see any White Knights on the horizon to save us…

  • –  Rufus – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:24 pm:

    Kind of reminds me of our state legistrators, except they are selling influence instead of drugs… And are they addicted to it.

  • –  b – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:29 pm:

    Good call, Rufus. The system is broken that’s for sure.

    American Gangster was on BET last night.  Fitting given this story here.  The drug war is an  unwinnable, pointless exercise where the corruption that stems from it is part of the reason this country is rotting on the vine.  Sigh.

  • –  siriusly – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:31 pm:

    Yup, only Chicago is corrupt.  The state sure would be better off without Chicago.

  • –  Keyrock – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:35 pm:

    If only Cook County Circuit Court had a Brockton Lockwood to send downstate.

  • –  Judge Cooked – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:40 pm:

    – I certainly don’t see any White Knights on the horizon to save us… –

    Look to the prosecutors, Wiggington and Kelly, and you’ll find your Knights.  Not as dreary as it appears.

  • –  Judge Cooked – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:42 pm:

    Wiggington may already have a record of putting more politicians under indictment than Fitz, but no one is paying attention because it’s downstate Illinois.  People are finally starting to notice.

  • –  Judgment Day – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:43 pm:

    If you’ve ever worked down in Belleville in St. Clair County, why would you be surprised.  It’s a really split County, with the major population centers on the West being heavily Democratic, and as a result, they control the County.

    The County is a primarily one-party operation, and the good people come and go, but the deadweight sticks around.  The County has always been patronage heaven, but mostly it’s ‘quantity of quality’ situation in terms of employees.

    The Circuit Clerk’s office (some years ago) just used to be absolutely wild.  I can remember the IT folks working to put up this enormously sophisticated and extremely expensive Traffic/Ticketing System for the entire judicial area, including LE and administrative, and how the entire computer system was almost spontaneously rejected by all the users – and it wasn’t a bad software system.

    It was what they spec’d out, but it wasn’t ‘adjustable’ enough.  And that was before the Circuit Clerk’s office ever saw it, with the office staff being 2 guys in their 70’s (The Circuit Clerk and his first deputy), and about 80+ women.  No kidding.

    Bunch of DP folks left over that one.

    There were (and are) good offices, but St. Clair County has real issues.

  • –  Boat Captain – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:44 pm:

    For decades the counties of St Clair and Madison have been known to be corrupt. It has been no secret in southern IL but most of the headlines are from Chicago. Just as bad or worse in the south. Just never talked about or investigated by the right people, ie-someone that was not politically connected or could not be influenced by money or power.

  • –  Plutocrat03 – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:45 pm:

    How does a regular person get a fair shake there?


    Can I guess the state of the economy there?

  • –  Judge Cooked – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:51 pm:

    And the fact that the old guard in St. Clair could inspire no better than Holbrook as a quick replacement to Delaney shows, first, how fractured the party is between ESL, old Belleville, and the Collinsville crowd moved south, and, second, the bench of young “insiders” is completely swallowed up in scandal, and, third, the Old Guard won’t relinquish the “outsiders” (read: prosecutors) until many more are tied up into this scandal.  It’s the same dynamic that produced Harriman for Congress before the very real chance of losing a solid seat.

  • –  Skirmisher – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:52 pm:

    Corruption is a way of life a among St. Clair politicos.  I once had a long-time state senator down there take me on a tour of his property, where he proudly pointed out many improvements made by IDOT and associated contractors for various projects he had brought to his district.  He was proud of his private collection of improvements and was proud to boast about it.  There is simply an assumption down there that those in office deserve to personally gain from their power.

  • –  Downstater – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:52 pm:

    You forgot to mention the former Madison County treasurer, Fred Bathon, pleading guilty to federal charges related to his office and, now, current Madison County Sheriff, Bob Hertz, having sexual harassment charges filed against him.  By the way, the lady filing the sexual harassment charge has been transferred to the Madison County State’s Attorney office.  Look out Chicago, Madison and St. Clair county are catching up with you.

  • –  Rich Miller – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:55 pm:

    ===You forgot to mention the former Madison County===

    Um, this post is about St. Clair County.

  • –  Judge Cooked – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 1:57 pm:

    This system just needed one honest person to purge itself of the old ways.  It got two: US Attorney Steve Wiggington and State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.

    Look for one of them to be the 2016 Congressional candidate in the 12th against Bost.

  • –  wordslinger – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:00 pm:

    St. Louis and the Metro East have always been pretty wild, but this stuff is over the top.

    They don’t take a backseat to Chicago when it comes to corruption. I don’t recall during Greylord that any of the judges were not only in business with drug dealers, but users themselves.

    Perhaps some Downstate legislators would like to propose urine testing before judges can assume the bench.

    Maybe for sheriff’s personnel, too. Old Gallatin County Sheriff Ray Martin had himself quite a side-business down there. He was later found to have Oxy and cocaine in his Williamson County jail cell while he was awaiting re-sentencing.

    Sigh. This Downstate corruption is really holding Cook County down.

  • –  Loop Lady – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:07 pm:

    The socio-economics of this county weren’t great prior to the 2008 recession…unfortunately this news is regrettable, but not surprising…

  • –  Judge Cooked – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:11 pm:

    – There is simply an assumption down there that those in office deserve to personally gain from their power. –

    I think that attitude prevailed for a long time, but recent suburbanization of areas like Shiloh, Swansea and rural Caseyville have created another, more moderate, Dem faction that is sick of that environment.  Add that to the moderate GOP base around O’Fallon, which has shown an ability to work with that faction, plus leverage the ESL Dem constituency against the Old Guard in Belleville, and I think we’re seeing a purge of things that used to get swept under the rug.  This is truly a new generation battling it out with the second generation of Old Guard kids.   Just watch the familiarity of the last names of the defense attorneys.  The young prosecutors are far superior to the kids of the Assumption Old Guard.  I’m sure they had hoped this wouldn’t fall apart until Jerry Jr was more established.

  • –  Precinct Captain – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:31 pm:

    ==Um, this post is about St. Clair County.==

    Maybe you should do a 102 counties in 102 days corruption special.

  • –  ExPress – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:39 pm:

    Great job, Rich, of assembling information from various sources to tell a complete story. Reminds me of talented editors from the past who would combine three or four wire service stories into one complete piece. Of course now, hardly anybody subscribes to three or four wire services.

  • –  Just a Citizen – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:41 pm:

    All the cases decided by these 2 judges should be reviewed.

  • –  reformer – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:43 pm:

    Are these St. Clair County corrupt pols all Democrats?

  • –  LincolnLounger – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 2:43 pm:

    I can’t move past the judge going to court in a t-shirt that read “Bad is my middle name”.

    Perhaps that’s what they should put on the traffic signs as one enters St. Clair County.

  • –  BDuty6 – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 3:34 pm:

    @Reformer Yes, every one of the corrupt politicos and judges are Democrats.

  • –  Jim – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 3:42 pm:

    Hey, this is how they do things in St. Clair/Madison counties. It’s a corrupt sewer and it will continue to be a corrupt sewer. Some find it lamentable, but the pols who run those counties like it just fine.

  • –  reformer – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 4:18 pm:


    Thanks for the response.  At least they aren’t Cook County Democrats.

  • –  Downstate Illinois – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 4:56 pm:

    I’m just waiting to the general election for Congress before Judge Ann Callis is asked about what she knew and when. Likewise with the current Congressman’s wife who occupied the bench in that county for many years.

  • –  Keyrock – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 5:17 pm:

    The elected judiciary isn’t just a problem in Cook County.

  • –  Two term Village President – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 5:40 pm:

    Democrats  😉

  • –  Cuban Pilot – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 6:47 pm:

    In full disclosure, I love Steve McGlynn.   He is a good, honorable man.   With that said……   Out of the ashes of this stupidity, Steve has a realistic chance to be a Supreme.   God speed.

  • –  FormerParatrooper – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 6:51 pm:

    If someone wrote a book with all this it would be passed off as fiction. Power corrupts, especially when those in power hold themselves above the laws they are supposed to enforce.

  • –  Leave a Light on George – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 7:15 pm:

    Current  State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly is cleaning up messes that Bob Haida the former SA left behind on his way to becoming a judge.

  • –  Generation X – Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 8:24 pm:

    absolute power corrupts absolutely

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