Judges In The Civil Jurisdictional
Before trying a civil case the judge reads the relevant case papers and becomes familiar with their details.
Law clerk Rhonda Crawford was accused of slipping on a judge’s robe in August and ruling in two traffic cases from the bench in Markham.
But Crawford wasn’t a judge. She was allegedly “job shadowing” Cook County Circuit Judge Valarie Turner, who allowed the pretend judge to preside.
Turner has been reassigned to administrative duties like presiding at weddings and reviewing requests for fee waivers in civil cases. Having displayed awesomely bad judgment, Turner probably shouldn’t again find herself on the banging side of a gavel for a good long time, if ever. Continue reading →