Former Mayor Richard Daley is no longer required to testify in a court of law. A judge delivered the ruling after hearing exactly what “medical hardship” Daley would suffer from if he testified in a case involving the city and a local restaurant.
And not only does Daley not have to testify in open court, attorneys who issued him a subpoena in this case withdrew it all together.
But the question remains: what ails Richard Daley? Is it mental recall? Physical impairment?
The public may never know because those reasons were only shared behind closed doors in a judge’s chambers today, not to be shared with the public. The debate takes place during the legal trial involving the restaurant Park Grill and the City of Chicago.
City Hall is trying to terminate the long-term deal with the restaurant in Millennium Park, which happened during Daley’s time as mayor. The Emanuel administration claims the agreement cheats taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue. It puts the total at $8 million so far.
The 72-year-old former mayor has not been seen publicly since he found himself at Northwestern Memorial’s ICU for roughly a week in January. He walked out of the hospital, but actual diagnosis is still unknown.
His brother, Cook County commissioner John Daley recently said his brother’s health is good and he’s even been traveling. But lawyers are now claiming “medical hardship” — a legal definition allegedly describing Daley these days.
Not only is Park Grill not forcing the longtime mayor to testify, they have withdrawn his subpoena. The trial goes on without its main witness.