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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.,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.

Written by Linda Shelton

December 17, 2008 at 12:38 pm

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