Sunday, September 20, 2009

How "Fix Wilson Yard" Judge Rochford Gets Elected

My, my. The Sun-Times has an excellent and lengthy piece today on how Cook County judges get on the Democratic ballot. And who's included but Judge Mary Rochford, who threw out the "Fix Wilson Yard" case the first time on a technicality, without even addressing a single legal argument?

"Epstein is followed by Judge Mary K. Rochford. Rochford is married to Mike Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio. Epstein was married to Judge Joan Corboy before her untimely death. Could these be the two lawyers tied to the "same firm" Gorman mentioned?

Rochford last time around ended a 16-year drought of Democrats never winning election from the far north suburban 12th Subcircuit. She mentions another staple most of these candidates will use some version of: "I'm a life-long Democrat. My family are a life-long Democrats."

This is an article well worth reading. Excuse us, but we need to go use mouthwash now to rinse out the nasty taste the article left behind.

1 comment:

  1. I am shocked to find anything untoward in the slating process for Cook County Judges.

    Ed Burke is mentioned. Unbelievable.

    I shall have to take out my well read copy of "When Corruption Was King" and see if Burke was mentioned. Oh, let's look in the back and I see multiple page entries for his name. Also his Supreme Court Justice wife is mentioned on numerous and diverse pages. Interesting.

    "When Corruption Was King"

    The entire process for judical "selection" in this state is flawed. "Flawed" being the word I choose because I'm feeling generous.

    The quality of many judges is appalling. Recently, we've had a now former judge convicted of buying his seat.

    I haven't had much experience with the federal judiciary, but let's just say I'm not generally impressed with the county or state judiciary. Although, in fairness every once in awhile a good judge seems to sneak in somehow. Just random odds I guess.