Cook County judge reassigned after WGN Investigates report

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Following a WGN Investigates report, a Cook County judge was reassigned while the court's executive committee investigates her courtroom conduct.

Our investigation with the Medill Watchdog Group of Northwestern University found that Judge Gloria Chevere tossed 30 defendants from her courtroom to jail for direct criminal contempt.

Many of those were men who wore baggy or saggy pants that she disapproved of. A few of those men told us their pants weren't sagging, but she tossed them anyway.

Analysts told us the contempt move is usually reserved as a last resort for bad courtroom behavior.

Last week, Chief Judge Timothy Evans announced that those contempt rulings may have resulted in "possible threat of injury to the public and to the orderly administration of justice."

Sheriff Tom Dart said tossing someone into his jail population for simply wearing baggy pants put these men in danger.

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  • pbmurray

    Sheriff Dart, Please explain in detail why prison is such a dangerous place. Are you incapable of keeping people safe while in the custody of the government? If so, please explain. And, why is it that a judge can not expect a certain level of decorum in her courtroom, showing respect for the proceedings? Perhaps her criminal contempt orders were excessive, but some sort of sanction is in order.