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Judge Kathleen Pantle

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On December 8, 2005 Judge Kathleen Pantle issued an arrest warrant for Linda Shelton for not showing up for a court date on a case where Shelton is fraudulently alleged to have committed Medicaid Vendor Fraud. Shelton had informed J. Pantle in writing that she was in federal court before Judge Filip arguing her habeas corpus petition where J. Pantle was the respondent on that day. J. Filip had told Shelton through his courtroom deputy that when a judge schedules a court date that conflicts with another court date, that the defendant will not be arrested if the judge is informed in writing. Shelton was taken into custody on December 15, 2005 and wrongfully incarcerated until December 30, 2005 with an unconstitutional and excessive NO BAIL order, raised form a $10,000 personal recognizance bail. She was released on December 30, 2005 after the Illinois Appellate Court reduced her bail to a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. For further info see:

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On January 6, 2005, Judge Panatle raised bail on Linda Shelton in above case to an excessive bail of $500,000 from a $10,000 personal recognizance bond set by the Illinois Appellate Court with a false statement that Shelton had “lied” to the Illinois Appellate Court to have her bail reduced. The Illinois Appellate Court then again reduced the bail on January 20, 2005 to $100,000 and Shelton was released on bail. The Illinois Appellate Court and Judicial Inquiry Board have FAILED to reprimand or discipline in any manner J. Pantle’s unconstitional, vindictive, illegal, and unethical orders that violate her oath of office and bring the cout into disrepute for ignoring orders of the Illinois Appellate Court. This was also an unconstitutional incarceration as it was done without formal charge of violation of bail and only on the word of the J. Pantle without counsel or presence of Shelton in the courtroom that Shelton had “lied” to the Appellate Court and refused to answer questions at a fitness exam (a statutory right). This was an illegal penalty on Shelton’s exercise of her constitutional right to seek a habeas corpus writ and her right to refuse to answer questions at a fitness exam because she considered the order void and the underlying case void ab initio. Judge Coar in federal court is  presently considering the issue of voidness of the underlying case which has yet to go to trial in federal court in a renewed habeas corpus petition. J. Pantle was removed from the criminal court and transferred to Chancery Court.

Pro Se litigants now routinely request substitution of the judge as a right whenever they are assigned to Judge Pantle due to the above reputation.

Judge Pantle is unethical, violates the constitution and statutes of this state, violates her oath of office, is arrogant and incompetent, as well as vindictive and retaliatory when a pro se litigant informs her of the law, and should be impeached for her continuing and blatant misconduct on the bench. She has virtually no or very little understanding of the fitness statutes, speedy trial statutes, Faretta rights and its line of cases, or rights to subpoena evidence and present a defense without interference from the bench. The defendant not the judge decides defenses, defense strategy and what evidence is required for the defense.

Judge Pantle in 2006 was moved from her assignment at the 26th & California main felony criminal court building in Cook County to the Daley Center downtown Chancery Division. Her reputation among several pro se litigants is that she has a very poor fund of knowledge concerning procedures related to civil litigation in the Chancery Division of the courts.

This past week Chief Judge Evans has re-assigned Judge Pantle to the 26th & California criminal court building again, but this time as a bond judge for felony cases. I find this an outrage to put a judge that blatantly violated the Illinois Constitution in the past who placed extremely excessive bails on me including an unconstitutional no bail order and then DEFIED and SNUBBED HER NOSE AT an Appellate Court ORDER and raised my bail again illegally from a $1000 personal recognizance bail to an extremely excessive and vindictive $500,000 D-Bond (requiring 10% payment for release). Judge Timothy Evans apparently, along with Presiding Criminal Court Judge Biebel apparently feel that a judge without the necessary demeanor and control of her irrationality and vindictiveness should be the one judge assigned to set bonds on the most serious felony cases in Cook County. The community should work hard to remove this dangerous, outrageous, vindictive, arrogant, and irrational judge from the bench for good!

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Written by Linda Shelton

December 5, 2008 at 4:54 pm

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