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Judge Sheila McGinnis to Plead Guilty to DUI

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Cook County Judge Sheila McGinnis’ attorney revealed in court that she plans to plead guilty to drunken driving. According to a Sun-Times report her attorney, Jeff Aprati, told Judge Ed Burmila, during a hearing December 12, 2008, at the Markham Courthouse that McGinnis will plead guilty to the DUI on Jan. 20, Judge McGinnis, assigned to Bridgeview courthouse refused to take a Breathalyzer test when she crashed her 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer into the back of a family of five’s minivan in Tinley Park on May 9. She has been re-assigned to a desk job since her arrest. Possible sentences include up to a year in jail.

This latest incident proves to me that Judge McGinnis does not have the temperment or self-control to be a judge. I have personally observed her demeanor and conduct on the bench and find her to be arrogant, incompetent in having a poor understanding of legal principles, and unwilling to hear pro se defendants. More later.

Of note: The husband of Judge McGinnis also named McGinnis is a relative of Mayor Daley and was on a  panel informed of the illegal hirings at city hall by Sorich.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/hired/31458,cst-nws-hired241.article

Judge McGinnis plead guilty on January 20, 2009 to DUI. She had refused to take a field sobriety test. She was fined $1000 and sentenced to 18 mo probation. She will now be referred to the Judicial Inquiry Board who should refer her case to the Judicial Commission for disciplinary action.

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Written by Linda Shelton

December 17, 2008 at 12:38 pm

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