CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there is zero tolerance for any individual not upholding professional standards, especially when that individual represents the city of Chicago in the courtroom.
Emanuel made the remarks at a West Side press conference called to talk about the CTA's expansion of it's "Second Chance" program -- a program that gives non-violent offenders jobs working with the CTA.
The questioning quickly turned to other hot button issues affecting the city right now, including yesterday's abrupt resignation of Senior Corporation Counsel Jordan Marsh. He resigned just hours after a federal judge issued a scathing ruling that accused Marsh of intentionally hiding key evidence in a lawsuit brought by the family of Darius Pinex.
Pinex was shot and killed by Chicago police officers after he was pulled over in 2011. At the time, the officers claimed they pulled Pinex over because his car matched the description of one seen at a recent murder scene. But it was not until the middle of the trial that Marsh admitted he failed to turn over a recording of a dispatch that went out in a different zone and talked about a vehicle that did not match Pinex's car and was not wanted in connection with a shooting.
This morning Mayor Emanuel said there is no place for that in this city.
The judge granted the Pinex family a new trial and ordered the city to pay for the family's attorney fees.
The Mayor was also asked if all of this has lessened his confidence in City Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton, the city's lead attorney. Emanuel said absolutely not and gave his unequivocal support, saying he has confidence that Patton will correct this situation.