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Complaint for mandamus and/or federal civil rights injunction regarding pervasive, extensive violations of civil rights in Cook County courts – Judge Cannon and others

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This complaint was filed in the Cook County Court, Chancery Division in August 2017.

It regards an unconstitutional felony charge of aggravated battery for touching a officer’s ear against a disabled activist who was in a post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) flashback induced by courtroom deputies, violating a disability accommodation request, causing her to allegedly “touched an officer’s ear.”

Although indigent, bail was set at extremely excessive and unconstitutional $300,000. Dr. Shelton is a behind the scene advocate against corrupt judges, politicians, and police who use excessive force. She advocates for more intensive police training and supervision, with emphasis on de-escalation and understanding of the mentally ill. She is appalled by the death of naked, or knife wielding mentally ill persons by inadequately trained police. In Europe, police will keep people away until back-up arrives with shields and batons. They NEVER kill a knife wielding person unless the person is a direct and immediate threat to others.

Come to next court date Sept 27, 2017 room 506 2600 S California, Chicago IL at 10 am

The fact that Judge Cannon has been assigned on the Laquan McDonald murder case against police officers in Chicago has been the impetence for me to post this early before it is actually filed. The public MUST BE INFORMED!

Full nearly 100 page 30 count complaint for mandamus and civil rights counts for declaratory and injunctive relief can be found here.

A writ of mandamus is a court  order requiring an official to do something mandatory, like accommodate a disability or set reasonable bail.

Declaratory relief asks for the court to declare previous court orders void as illegal, unconstitutional, and violative of statute regarding extreme excessive bail, lack of disability accommodations, and lack of due process.

This complaint documents why Judge Dianne Gordon Cannon should be removed as a judge due to mental incapacity, incompetence, and/or maliciousness against the defendant..

This is why she should NOT be the judge for the officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Laquan McDonald! Fortunately, the States Attornes request to remove her as the judge for the McDonald case was granted. Read the full complaint for all the details.  I will be happy to forward to anyone interested in the details all of the exhibits and transcripts.

Plaintiff, Linda Shelton’s complaint is about the following pervasive and extensive unconstitutional acts, over a four and one half year period, which precluded or preclude fair pre-trial hearings and pending trial in case no. 12-CR-22504, including:

  1. Defendant Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Brown’s refusal to give a civil habeas number, properly file, and schedule for hearing petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Exhibits AA-C) and/or in the alternative U.S. Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §1983 (“§1983”)Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, regarding her and from her non-compliance with U.S. Constitution and its Amendments and Illinois Constitution’s Suspension, Due Process and Equal Protection  Clauses as represented by her non-compliance with the Circuit Court of Cook County Rule 15.2 – Habeas Corpus (“R15.2”) and the Illinois Clerks of Courts Act, 705 ILCS 105/0.01 et seq. (“COCA”);
  2. Defendant Cook County Criminal Division Presiding (Chief Supervisory) Judges Biebel’s, Martin’s, and Porter’s refusal to hear with due process previously filed into criminal file Habeas Petitions, one heard, by Defendant Judge Porter, without due process and two ignored Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus in case 12-CR-22504 (Exhibits A-C), and/or in the alternative §1983 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief respectively regarding their and from their non-compliance with (i) the United States Constitution and its IV, V, VI, VIII and XIV Amendments’ Suspension and Probable Cause, Due Process, Compulsory Process, Speedy Trial, Assistance of Counsel and Reasonable Bail Clauses (including Liberty and equal protection rights), (ii) the Illinois Constitution’s Article One, §§ 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (Liberty, Due Process, Probable Cause, Indictment, Compulsory Process, Assistance of Counsel, Speedy Trial, Bail, and Habeas Clauses), (iii) the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. § 12131 et seq., and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act(“RA”), 29 U.S.C. § 794, disability discrimination 28 C.F.R. §§ 35.160(a)(1), (b)(1)Codes, (iv) the Illinois Habeas Statutes, 735 ILCS §5/10-101 et seq.(“ILHab”), (v) the Illinois Bail Statutes (“ILBail”), 725 ILCS 5/110-1, et seq., (vi) the Illinois Fitness Statutes (“ILFit statute”), 720 ILCS 5/104-1 et seq., and (vii) precedent from higher courts as described herein in the following;
  3. Defendant Judge Evan’s refusal to follow U.S. Supreme Court ADA recommended guidelines and U.S. and Illinois Constitutions and Statutory habeas rights and usual standards for administrators and supervisors in training and supervising judges and writing court rules and directives pertaining to habeas rights and/or in the alternative §1983 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief from by (i) his non-compliance with standards related to the administrative judge’s role in granting ADA accommodations and (ii) his non-compliance with standards related to his role in defining court rules, as well as educational and supervisory role in training and supervising judges for compliance with the United States Constitution, its Suspension Clause, and its Amendments’ Probable Cause, Due Process, Compulsory Process, Speedy Trial, Assistance of Counsel and Reasonable Bail Clauses (including Liberty and equal protection rights), the Illinois Constitution’s Liberty, Due Process, Probable Cause, Indictment, Compulsory Process, Assistance of Counsel, Speedy Trial, Bail, and Habeas Clauses, the ADA and RA , the ILHab, the ILFit, and the ILBail Statutes, and precedent from higher courts, as described herein;
  4. Refusal of named Defendant Public Defenders (“PD”), Abishi C. Cunningham and Amy Campanelli to follow standard of care of effectiveness and their oath of office in Shelton’s defense and refusal to properly train and supervise the APDs to follow the laws described herein, and/or in the alternative §1983 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, from their refusal to train and supervise their staff to comply with (i) the United States Constitution and its Amendments’ Suspension, Probable Cause, Due Process, Compulsory Process, Speedy Trial, Assistance of Counsel and Reasonable Bail Clauses (including Liberty and equal protection rights), (ii) the Illinois Constitution’s Liberty, Due Process, Probable Cause, Indictment, Compulsory Process, Assistance of Counsel, Speedy Trial, Bail, and Habeas Clauses, (iii) ADA and RA, (iv) ILHab Statutes, (v) ILFit Statutes, and (vi) ILBail Statutes, and (vii) precedent from higher courts, as described herein;
  5. Refusal of named Defendant Assistant Public Defenders (“APD”), Debra Smith, David Gunn, Dawn Sheikh, Erica Soderdahl, Tiana Blakely, Debra E. Gassman, and Richard Paull to follow standard of care of effectiveness and their oath of office in Shelton’s defense, and/or in the alternative §1983 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, from their non-compliance, during Shelton’s representation with (i) the United States Constitution and its Amendments’ Suspension, Probable Cause, Due Process, Compulsory Process, Speedy Trial, Assistance of Counsel and Reasonable Bail Clauses (including Liberty and equal protection rights), (ii) the Illinois Constitution’s Liberty, Due Process, Probable Cause, Indictment, Compulsory Process, Assistance of Counsel, Speedy Trial, Bail, and Habeas Clauses, (iii) ADA and RA, (iv) ILHab Statutes, (v) ILFit Statutes, and (vi) ILBail Statutes, and (vii) precedent from higher courts, as described herein;
  6. Refusal of named Defendant State’s Attorneys (“SA”), Anita Alvarez and Kim Foxx, to follow standards of fairness and ILSC Rule 3.8(a),(b), and (c) (Attorney Rules of Conduct) requiring them to seek justice, obtain indictment only if probable cause is present, and disclose exculpatory evidence, and their oath of office  and refusal to properly train and supervise the ASAs regarding the laws as described below and/or in the alternative §1983 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, from their refusal to train and supervise their staff to comply with (i) the United States Constitution and its Amendments’ Suspension, Probable Cause, Due Process, Compulsory Process, Speedy Trial, Assistance of Counsel and Reasonable Bail Clauses (including Liberty and equal protection rights), (ii) the Illinois Constitution’s Liberty, Due Process, Probable Cause, Indictment, Compulsory Process, Assistance of Counsel, Speedy Trial, Bail, and Habeas Clauses, (iii) ADA and RA, (iv) ILHab Statutes, (v) ILFit Statutes, and (vi) ILBail Statutes, and (vii) precedent from higher courts, as described herein; and
  7. Refusal of named Defendant Assistant State’s Attorneys (“ASA”), Erin Antonietti, James Comroe, Jennifer M Hamelly, Joseph Hodal, John Maher, James V Murphy Iii, Mariano Reyna, Sylvie Manaster, Frank Lamas, Jobll Zahr, and Lorraine Murphy, to follow standards of fairness and ILSC Rule 3.8(a),(b), and (c) (Attorney Rules of Conduct)  requiring them to seek justice, obtain indictment only if probable cause is present, and disclose exculpatory evidence, and their oath of office and/or in the alternative  1983 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, from their non-compliance with (i) the United States Constitution and its Amendments’ Suspension, Probable Cause, Due Process, Compulsory Process, Speedy Trial, Assistance of Counsel and Reasonable Bail Clauses (including Liberty and equal protection rights), (ii) the Illinois Constitution’s Liberty, Due Process, Probable Cause, Indictment, Compulsory Process, Assistance of Counsel, Speedy Trial, Bail, and Habeas Clauses, (iii) ADA and RA, (iv) ILHab Statutes, (v) ILFit Statutes, and (vi) ILBail Statutes, and (vii) precedent from higher courts as described herein; and
  8. Refusal of named Defendant Judges Israel Desierto, Diane Gordon Cannon,  Erica L. Reddick, Sheila McGinnis,  and Dennis J. Porter, to follow their oath of offices’ requirement to follow the law as described herein and/or in the alternative §1983 complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief from their non-compliance with (i) the United States Constitution and its Amendments’ Suspension, Probable Cause, Due Process, Compulsory Process, Speedy Trial, Assistance of Counsel and Reasonable Bail Clauses (including Liberty and equal protection rights), (ii) the Illinois Constitution’s Liberty, Due Process, Probable Cause, Indictment, Compulsory Process, Assistance of Counsel, Speedy Trial, Bail, and Habeas Clauses, (iii) ADA and RA, (iv) ILHab Statutes, (v) ILFit Statutes, and (vi) ILBail Statutes, and (vii) precedent from higher courts, as described herein.

 

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Cook County, IL courts destroy whistle blower with false felony conviction for bumping officer with wheelchair violating ADA

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LINDA SHELTON alleges her conviction for felony battery of an officer in 2007 (“bumping and officer with her wheelchair”), Cook County Court case 05 CR 12718, was wrongful, violating precedent and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and that the incident causing the conviction occurred while she was wrongfully jailed on a conviction for contempt which LINDA alleges occurred as follows:  Judge Pantle claimed illegally that stating the Court was illegally holding her for trial and arguing such was contempt, in a Medicaid Fraud case against LINDA, case number 04 CR 17571, where LINDA was eventually found NOT GUILTY by a jury. See proof of lack of jurisdiction and lack of contempt – endnote [1]. NOTE: this case law makes the contempt conviction wrongful: The U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled that a vigorous defense is not a reason to hold a person in contempt: Sacher v United States, 343 U.S.1 (1952)

 

While illegal jailed for contempt, LINDA testified that she was attacked by Sgt. Salemi in retaliation for prevailing in a suit for injunction against the Sheriff, case number 04 CH 15787, four weeks prior to incident of alleged battery date of 5/16/05, that Salemi falsified his records and said she attacked him, and then Salemi committed perjury at trial in 05 CR 12718. LINDA sued Cook County Sheriff Sheehan in 04 CH 15787 because he under a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request failed to give her the ADA compliance plan for courthouses that the Sheriff was required to maintain. On winning this complaint for injunction, Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine, representing Sheriff Sheahan, was forced to admit that he did not have a compliance plan and had been in violation of federal law for more than a decade.

 

Sgt. Anthony Salemi, on May 16, 2005,while LINDA was severely dehydrated and weak, due to a dry hunger strike protest – for not allowing her to phone her father, DR. LORINCZ, and arrange for his care,  in a broken and hard to push wheelchair, sent away a female unit guard and entered LINDA’s cell alone (against CCDOC policy), [and in an act suggesting retaliation for the court case where four (4) weeks before this incident LINDA prevailed in a suit for injunction against Cook County Sheriff Sheahan for violation of the FOIA in regards to releasing information about the court’s ADA compliance plan –they didn’t want to release it because they were in violation of federal ADA law in not having a plan for courthouses- CCCC case # 04 CH 15787], stating “I’m going to make a case so you don’t get out.” Salemi then grabbed LINDA by the neck and attacked her, stumbling and skinning his mid-shin (a vertical superficial abrasion on both shins) because the wheelchair lurched backwards with the force of him lunging at her and grabbing her neck, causing him to slide downward against the wheelchair footrests.

 

Salemi then ripped the wheelchair out from under LINDA while he flipped her onto the floor and attacked her, injuring her as documented in trial transcript of stipulated testimony of a nurse causing huge contusions between and on the back of her thighs and contusions, due to posts for armrests which were missing and on her knee and toes which were caught in the wheelchair footrests.

 

This traumatized LINDA so much, thinking he would kill or rape her, that she developed post-traumatic-stress disorder (“PTSD”), which plagues her to this day, particularly because it rekindled flashbacks (severe frequent nightmares and daytime dreamlike states where she is briefly out of touch with reality) of LINDA’s brother assaulting and terrorizing her repeatedly, when she was 12 yrs. old.

 

Salemi then falsified his records and said while he was staring at LINDA, from a dead stop in the middle of the cell a few feet away from him, LINDA accelerated the wheelchair using her congenitally weak arms and the broken wheelchair, caught him “off guard”[really!!] and “bounced the wheelchair against him” – (inconsistent with his injury of a vertical superficial abrasion at middle of his shins – such an act would have caused a horizontal bruise from the wheelchair footrestsdespite the fact LINDA’s physicians (a cardiologist and neurologist), the only physician witnesses said this was impossible due to LINDA’s weakness and neurological disorder – partially paralyzed right side.

 

A Brady violation occurred as since the secure jail and its staff had possession of the broken wheelchair which they called a weapon and did not preserve it upon a timely request from LINDA, it was not available for trial to prove it was broken and could not be accelerated fast enough to injure Salemi. As it was in the jail, it was insincere for the State to claim they did not control it.

 

In incident report Salemi said LINDA was at the door and pushed her way out and then kicked him with her Right leg in the chest (despite the fact her right leg is impaired and partially paralyzed), but he testified that LINDA, after he entered her cell, raised both legs up and kicked him in the chest (again the neurologist testified this was physically impossible for LINDA to do from a wheelchair due to a long standing spinal cord injury (congenital and acquired).

 

Also, how could she bump him starting from a dead stop a few feet away with weak arms? He claimed no injury from this “kick”, but said he was thrown against the cell door, which her had testified three times was open, thus derailing his testimony and making it unbelievable.

 

SHELTON’S PHYSICIANS, DRS. BRILLER AND VERN, TESTIFIED THAT THIS WAS IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO HER WEAKNESS AND NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER, even without the wheelchair being broken (tread missing from right wheel so metal hitting floor tending to just make wheelchair wheel spin with no traction). THIS TESTIMONY WAS UNREBUTTED BY A PHYSICIAN – SO ACCORDING TO CASE LAW THE COURT WAS REQUIRED TO FIND SHELTON NOT-GUILTY AS COMPETENT MEDICAL EVIDENCE CANNOT BE IGNORED BY THE COURT OR REFUTED BY NONMEDICAL TESTIMONY. In Interest of Ashley K., 212 Ill.App.3d 849, 156 Ill.Dec.925, 571 N.E.2d 905, 930 (Ill. App. 1st Dist.. 1991) Obviously, the Illinois Appellate Court, therefore ignored the law in upholding the conviction, as the State provided no medical expert testimony refuting LINDA’s doctor’s testimony.

 

The Trial Court erroneously refused to allow defense counsel to ask questions about the incident report or present the incident report to the jury to impeach Salemi. Ineffective defense counsel failed to enter incident report as an offer of proof. Defense counsel failed to call to the witness stand key witnesses that could testify that the wheelchair was broken and LINDA was unable to move it with force, or that LINDA had several severe asthma attacks just prior to the incident or that the medical staff had illegally drugged LINDA against her will hours before the alleged incident rendering LINDA even weaker, more uncoordinated and somewhat confused and disinhibited, as well as failed to enter this information as an offer of proof. This was ineffective assistance of counsel and not mere trial strategy.

 

LINDA was illegally convicted of felony battery to an officer due to this perjury, insufficient assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, and judicial errors that did not allow LINDA to present all evidence and witnesses.

 

You can read LINDA’s appeal on line at: https://cookcountyjudges.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/appeal-brief-for-publication-6-10-09.doc . The evidence, Salemi’s incident report and ER report describing his injuries, which is inconsistent and contrary to his testimony, making his testimony or his incident report false or perjured, is attached (Exhibit ), and you can read the Illinois Appellate Court opinion proving that the Appellate Court made an outrageous, malicious, unlawful order affirming conviction based on false statements about contempt cases, which were not on the record and ignoring case law and facts presented by Shelton  on the record. You can read the opinion on line at:  https://cookcountyjudges.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/decision-affirmed-5-14-2010.pdf

 

[1] LINDA can now prove that Judge Pantle had no jurisdiction in the Medicaid Fraud case, for which she was found NOT GUILTY. After a FOIA request by LINDA in 2006 that was never answered by the State in violation of the FOIA and felony discovery rules, but was answered by the US-DHHS in May 2010, LINDA received proof from US-DHHS that the prosecutor, AG Madigan, did not have jurisdiction and therefore the court did not have jurisdiction.

 

These documents were received May 2010 regarding 2006 FOIA request for re-certification and funding application to US-DHHS from IL Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (“MFCU”). They were finally received due to executive order from President Obama that agencies must answer FOIA requests, which overturned President Bush’s previous order.

 

The proof is the MFCU application where the State in a sworn statement Illinois State Police Director on behalf of the State Police and IL Attorney General Staff assigned to the State Police in the MFCU, says that IL is one of six states where the State Attorney General has no authority or jurisdiction to prosecute Medicaid fraud and they claim they turn all such prosecution over to the US Attorney.

Yet the IL AG illegally violated what they swore to, thus fraudulently obtaining millions from US-DHHS for such prosecutions, and indicted LINDA in State court for Medicaid fraud and two other legitimate mental health providers in other medical/psychiatric group practices who also were whistle blowers with evidence against corrupt friends of Lisa Madigan. The documents proving all this are available for anyone to see – please contact LINDA. The convictions of the two other persons should therefore be overturned.

 

LINDA was a federal witness against Orlando Jones, Godson of Cook County Board Chairman, John Stroger Sr., who had appointed him to be CEO of the new Provident Hospital when it opened and LINDA was the senior pediatrician in a contract group hired by the County to open the pediatric department at Provident Hospital. Jones was indicted by the U.S. Attorney due to fraud and bribery, but committed suicide before trial. LINDA had witnessed these crimes. LINDA had presented this evidence to the FBI in Chicago and Special Agent Matt Kern had interviewed her at FBI headquarters in Chicago prior to indicting Orlando Jones. LINDA did  not have to testify against Jones, as he committed suicide, on the beach near Mayor Daley’s summer home.

 

 

Why Chief Cook County Court Judge Evans should be removed

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UPDATE: 11/10/16 Despite Judge Evans corrupt acts described below he was retained by judicial retention ballot because public ignores this part of ballot & leaves it blank. Yet if only  a few hundred to a 1000 people would vote no on each judge we could throw them out! Not ONE judge was removed, even Judge Pantle and others whom bar associations or other groups deemed unqualified.

Who bothers voting on a 2nd large ballot with dozens of judges names? – no one but judges and their lawyer friends.

UPDATE: 9/20/16 Of course Judge Evans was re-elected, just like corrupt Clerk Dorothy Brown won the primary. Please vote NO on all judges on judicial retention ballots. It is the only way we are going to get rid of a LOT of BAD judges (incompetent and/or corrupt)

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Cook County Court Chief Judge Evans is up for re-election. However, in Illinois ONLY the JUDGES vote for the Chief Judge. Evans has been Chief Judge for 15 years and has placed his friends and corrupt judges in positions of authority.

Therefore, the election is fixed and he will continue to be the most corrupt Chief Judge in the country, presiding over a pay-to-play system of bribery of judges through contributions to election campaign funds for judges by attorneys.

Please contact your legislators (State Senators and members of Illinois House – legislature) and tell them we need the laws change so that citizens, not judges elect/appoint the chief judge.

He has tolerated a corrupt Black Line Call system for civil law cases, which is illegal as a case cannot legally be in more than one court at the same time and the Black Line System overturns illegally Supreme Court rules. This has resulted in 100s of of pro se plaintiff cases being thrown out on technicalities that actually were  illegal.

He has tolerated de facto suspension of the right to petition for writ of habeas corpus.

He has tolerated abuse of the disabled.

He has allowed family court judges to be ruled by child representatives in divorce cases, when the statutes don’t allow such actions.

He has allowed continued elder abuse and exploitation, where court appointed guardians abuse and exploit elderly or disabled and judges ignore the evidence about this.

He has tolerated corrupt acts of Assistant States Attorneys – testi-lying in court cases when they make their summations to the juries and altering video tape evidence.

He has tolerated gross violation of fitness statutes.

He has tolerated gross abuse of bail laws and bails that are 3-10 times higher than around the country, as well as failure to use personal recognizance bail, which destroys litigants who are poor, in that they remain in jail pretrial due simply to poverty, ending up losing their homes, jobs, and marriages.

He has tolerated bribery of judges – attorneys paying into judges’ campaign funds at the time their cases are before judges in acts of improper influence.

He has failed to update the Circuit Court local rules so that they are out of date and unclear as to basic procedures (for example habeas corpus petitions – who hears them for Municipal Divisions? What is the procedure when the judge refuses to hear them? How do you complain about conduct of a judge?)

I have repeatedly documented on this blog reasons why  Judge Evans should be removed. Summarized here.

I have repeatedly written letters to Judge Evans about misconduct, criminal conduct, and ignorance of Cook County judges and he has refused to act to replace them, place a supervisor judge to teach them,  or re-educate them. Find some of my letters here.

I have evidence of all of the  above acts of misconduct, ignorance, and maliciousness.

Support activist’s claim IL battery statutes unconstitutional-touching officer not crime

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UPDATE: Next court date Sept 27, 2017, 10 am RM 506, 2600 S California, Chicago

On 12/9/16 an escapee bumped into Shelton in Hall, causing aggravation of chronic pain & musclespasms + PTSD flashbacks as officers dashing around induced flashback since she felt they would again falsely arrest her for battery for bumping an officer with walker when chasing officer brushed against coat hanging from walker. Asst States Attorney and judge now threatening contempt charge for disability assistant who informed Judge Cannon that Shelton traumatized & hearing needed continuence as well as threatening contempt against Shelton for writing memorandum of fact explaining what happened, providing education about PTSD, and explaining how she developed PTSD.

Judge has refusd to allow Shelton to finish argument on her motion to strike case for States Attorney’s fraud on grand jury and refused to sign order correcting judge’s error on previous order denying motion to declare part of battery statute unconstitutional so that Shelton can appeal this order. Thus judge denying due process in impeding appeal and motion hearing.

Stand up for civil rights Come to next court date 1/20/17 at 10 am rm 506. 2600 S California, Chicago, for argument that indictment should be stricken for fraud upon the grand jury by the State’s Attorney in failing to present fact that alleged act of “touching an officer’s ear” was induced/triggered by the Sheriff Courtroom Deputies violating ADA accommodations for disabled Shelton in that they pushed her, causing her to lose balance, and triggered a PTSD flashback, causing her to cower and waive her hands around her head believing she was being attacked.

Update 12/9/16: UPDATE – On 12/9/16 Judge Cannon granted Motion to rewrite the order denying Motion to Declare Battery statute unconstitutional so that Shelton can immediately appeal it; however, when a crazy detainee bolted and ran into Shelton trying to escape on 12/9/16 Shelton was slightly injured and hearing rescheduled for 1/20/17 when order will be written and Shelton will finish her argument that charges are void due to prosecutor’s fraud upon the grand jury.

Update 7/13/16: she denied motion to declare battery statute unconstitutional – next motion claims charge  void as fraud on grand jury & ADA violated when officers used disability to trigger harmless “criminal act” of touching officer’s ear charged as felony  battery with up to 14 yr sentence

On July 13, 2016 Judge Diane Cannon will announce her written opinion concerning Dr. Shelton’s motion to declare the Illinois battery and aggravated battery statutes unconstitutional concerning de minimus, minor, or no harm with alleged crime of touching or raking contact with a person or officer. Help fight injustice in Illinois by coming to court at 10 am 7/13/16 room 506 at 2600 S. California Ave (no cell phones or electronic devices allowed in courthouse).

Shelton’s argument is that charging a disabled tremulous, spastic person with felony battery for touching an officer due to their spasticity or due to an officer purposely inducing a PTSD flashback where a person unintentionally touches an officer  without harming them is abusive and unconstitutional.

It is particularly abusive and unconstitutional as it violates the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) in that in this case against Shelton the Court Disability Coordinator, Melissa Pacelli, had been given written documentation by a psychiatrist and other physicians that Shelton suffers from PTSD (post-traumatic-stress disorder) due to having been previously beaten by Sheriff and Chicago police officers and during flashbacks triggered by specific actions of officers as a result of the PTSD she “misperceives ongoing events” (becomes confused believing she is being attacked by officers) and that male officers should not yell at her and grab her, but should “back-off” if a flashback occurs as Shelton is “inherently non-violent”, as well as because she cowers, is fearful, and crys, as well as may defensively waive her arms around her head thinking she is defending herself or may reach out suddenly to prevent herself from mis-perceived falling during flashbacks if pushed as she suffers from congenital and acquired severe balance problems requiring the use of a walker and if pushed she grabs out involuntarily to keep from falling. Thus, they should wait until the flashback is over and she understands what is going on when one occurs, rather than rush her, grab her, and push her. Such actions by officers will cause Shelton to unintentionally touch officers and this fact is sufficient to be an outrageous reason to charge Shelton with felony battery that has as a sentence a possibility of as much as 14 years in prison.

As intent is a required element of the crime of battery, during flashbacks, Shelton is unable to form intent to harm an officer due to the PTSD and balance issues if she is pushed, particularly by loud and aggressive male officers, and the criteria for felony battery is unconstitutional according to Shelton due to the fact that a disabled person without intent can be charged with felony battery merely for touching an officer under such a circumstance.

For more information about the aggravated battery case against Shelton for “touching an officer’s ear” see this post.

Recently a grandmother, Ms. Tina Hunt plead guilty of aggravated battery for kicking an officer in a courtroom when she got mad and received a one year sentence – she could have received a mandatory six year sentence if she went on trial before a jury. This would have been a harsher sentence than a sentence for sticking a knife into an officer or throwing acid in a person’s face. This is outrageous abuse of criminal law. That is why Shelton has argued that the statute is unconstitutional.

Written Motion to Declare Battery Statute Unconstitutional

States Written Response to Shelton’s Motion to Declare Battery Statute Unconstitutional

Shelton’s Written Reply to States Written Response to Shelton’s Motion to Declare Battery Statute Unconstitutional

Oral argument by Shelton

After Shelton’s oral argument in May 2016, Judge Cannon gave the State another two weeks to prepare their oral argument. The State’s response was as follows:

State’s Argument essentially was “we stand on our written pleading” – [apparently they had no rational argument to counter Shelton’s pleadings and statements.]

The judge then gave herself six weeks to consider the arguments and come up with a written decision. Judge Cannon’s written decision will be announced on July 13, 2016.

UPDATE: Her decision was a two sentence statement without ANY explanation: “The defendant’s motion to declare the Aggravated Battery Statute unconstitutional is respectfully denied. This is a final order. Dated July 13, 2016 by Judge Diane Cannon.

Appeal will be filed, but in Illinois it likely won’t be filed until the end of the case because the higher courts have no jurisdiction on pretrial motions [known as interlocutory motions] until ALL issues in the case are final or until IL Supreme Court Rule 304(a) is followed. Shelton is filing a motion to rewrite the order properly, but it probably will be denied on 12/9/16. UPDATE – On 12/9/16 Judge Cannon granted Motion to rewrite the order, however, when a crazy detainee bolted and ran into Shelton trying to escape on 12/9/16 Shelton was slightly injured and hearing rescheduled for 1/20/17 when order will be written. This rule states as follows:

Supreme Court Rule 304(a) provides as follows:

ll Parties or Claims — Necessity for Special Finding. If multiple parties or multiple claims for relief are involved in an action, an appeal may be taken from a final judgment as to one or more but fewer than all of the parties or claims only if the trial court has made an express written finding that there is no just reason for delaying enforcement or appeal. Such a finding may be made at the time of the entry of the judgment or thereafter on the court’s own motion or on motion of any party. The time for filing the notice of appeal shall run from the entry of the required finding. In the absence of such a finding, any judgment that adjudicates fewer than all the claims or the rights and liabilities of fewer than all the parties is not enforceable or appealable and is subject to revision at any time before the entry of a judgment adjudicating all the claims, rights, and liabilities of all the parties.” (87 Ill.2d R. 304(a).)

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It is without common sense, but the Illinois Appellate Court said that using the word “final” does not comply with Illinois Supreme Court rule 304(a).

According to the Illinois Appellate Court 1st District an interlocutory order that states that a pretrial order  is “final and appealable” is insufficient to confer jurisdiction on the appellate court. Until the final disposition of all issues in the case the statutory terms “there is no just reason for delaying enforcement or appeal” are required to confer jurisdiction of the Appellate Court from a pretrial order of the local Circuit Court. Greer v. Yellow Cab Co., 582 N.E.2d 1292, 221 Ill. App.3d 908, 164 Ill.Dec. 348, (1991) IL App (1) 1-89-1548

Judge agrees with motion that Illinois bail statute unconstitutional

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Shelton’s next court date Sept 27, 2017 10am room 506 2600 S California, Chicago.

 Sheriff Dart doing a little far too late about unconstitutional cash bonds. He has no power but is trying to get publicity. He jumps on publicity wagon only when large outcry. He presides over torture at Cook County Jail and gross violation of civil rights including denying access to courts to detainees at Cook County Jail and denial of adequate medical care.

Civil rights group has filed a class action suit for failing to set bond according to ability to pay as required by IL Constitution and U.S. Constitution. download here

On Sept 30, 2015 Judge Cannon in wrongful prosecution case against Dr. Linda Shelton for “touching an officer’s ear and hair” (charged as felony battery with possible 3-14 year sentence), still pending, stated that she agreed with her motion to declare the bail retention clause of the IL bail statute unconstitutional. For details about the case read here.

BUT – Then Judge Cannon illegally stated she was entering and continuing this motion until the end of the case because she said Shelton had no standing to question the statute until the 10% of bond was actually withheld by the court clerk.

The statute is unconstitutional because the court clerk in order to extort money from all defendents, innocent and guilty, charges 10% of the bond (or 1% of the bail) as a fee for the service of processing and holding the money from a bond check. This means the clerk commits fraud by charging vastly disparate amounts for the SAME service. If bail is $300,000, then the clerk’s charge is $3,000, while if the bail is $1000, the clerk’s charge is $10, collected at the time the case is over and bond is returned – minus 10%. [Note: to get out of jail on bond in IL under a “D-bond”, the defendant pays 10% of the bail]

In any other service business, if the business charged different amounts for the same service, this would be criminal fraud.

Then Judge Cannon illegally stated she was entering and continuing this motion until the end of the case because she said Shelton had no standing to question the statute until the 10% of bond was actually withheld by the court clerk.

This is nonsense as the bond $30,000 bond (10% of outrageous $300,000 bail) has already been paid, which means the clerk must withhold 10% of the bond when it is returned at the end of the case.

This holding the decision prevents the state from appealing it directly to the IL Supreme Court until after the case is over.

Read the motion here.

Note: the new bail statute in IL that states in counties where the population is greater than 3 million, then the clerk’s charge can be no larger than $100, the statute is still unconstitutional because there is no fixed rate to bond handling charge. It is unfair to charge $10 to one person and $100 to another for the same service of handling a check and paperwork. That is denial of equal  protection in taking property under different procedures for different people.

 

Shelton alleges Judge Dianne Cannon mentally incompetent and disabled versus maliciously corrupt

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UPDATE: 3-14-15 Judge Wadas quashed all Shelton’s subpoenas for witnesses concerning Judge Cannon’s misconduct and bias. He then cut off Shelton’s argument for substitution of Judge Cannon for cause (inability to remember discussions with court disability coordinator, violation of bail law, violation of fitness law, violation of due process in pervasive fashion, ignoring higher court precedent, quashing Shelton’s subpoenas for witnesses and discovery of documents needed for defense, etc) and essentially summarily denied Shelton’s Motion for substitution of judge for cause.

Please standup for civil rights and against pervasive violation of due process, habeas, right to compulsory process, etc., and against excessive force, officer’s false statements, violation of Americans with Disabilities act against a person suffering from PTSD and appear at every court hearing and trial for Shelton – next court date Aug 11, 2015 room 502, 2600 S. California in Chicago, IL. Then when he denies second motion for SOJ for Cause the case will instanter return to room 506.

Dr. Linda Shelton is falsely charged with felony aggravated battery to an officer for “touching an officer’s ear” during a  PTSD flashback in the courtroom, purposely triggered by officers, who were violating a court disability coordinator agreement not to trigger flashbacks and to back-off if one occurred; See: https://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com/?s=court and   https://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com/?s=court

Come to court and witness argument and Judge Wadas’ decision on this motion Feb. 20, 2015, 2600 S California, Chicago, rm 502 at 10 am.  Stand-up against judicial incompetence and violation of due process!! Dr. Linda Shelton has filed a motion for substitution of Judge Cannon for cause in her case. This is the initial summary in this motion. For full motion see: M for SOJ for cause 11-22-14 . For exhibits contact Shelton by email at picepil@aol.com to arrange to view them or obtain copies. For information about Shelton’s case read the motion and/or read this blog post here.

  1. Judge Cannon, continually over two years, except for the ten months of her absence, has conducted this case with such overwhelming and pervasive violation of statutes, violation of due process rights, violation of constitutional rights, and biased as well as irrational statements that she cannot be considered to have the capability to proceed in a fair manner. Her recent statements are so full of falsehood and confabulation that a case can be made that she is not fit to serve on the bench and should be examined by a psychiatrist for mental disability.
  2. Judge Cannon’s inability to remember discussing ADA accommodations with Court Disability Coordinator (“CDC”) Milissa Pacelli[1], inability to understand that Elgin Mental Health Center never treated Shelton for a mental disorder and they found her fit, thus J. Cannon’s continued accusations of unfitness and need for psychotropic medications appear to be bias or confabulation[2], inability to understand that J. Reddick – in her absence – had given Shelton extension of time to subpoena communications between the CDC and Sheriff staff on Oct. 3, 2013[3] , confused and irrational statements about whether Shelton had any medical records or had ever been in the courtroom[4] , false statements and pervasive violation of statutes and due process rights[5], and imaginary rulings by a judge who was never assigned and never appeared in this case[6], could either be knee-jerk confabulation due to early dementia or malicious misconduct. She has been very ill for months and it may be possible that she has not recovered sufficiently to continue as a judge or that she has unfortunately fallen into the depths of early dementia. The failure of the Assistant State’s Attorney and Assistant Public Defenders to step in and question her extreme, pervasive, and continuing statutory, constitutional, and factual errors is inexcusable misconduct.

[1] See transcript  summary and transcript 11/14/14 pp 24-25  & CDC Pacelli Shelton emails 1-1-13 on Exhibit CD [2] See transcript  summary and transcript 11/14/14 p 5 l 1-7, pp 24-25, EMHC Report of 10/31/13; letter from Dr. Galatzer-Levy; Report from Dr. Rappaport p 24 or Bates #1041; EMHC 10-31-13 report p 4 on Exhibit CD   [3] See transcript summary and transcript of 11/14/14 p 3-4, 12 where J Cannon does not appear to understand the reason for and function of court disability assistance Jeff Gertie, and calls  J Reddick’s orders a “civil case” ; Transcript 10/3/14 p 78-80 on Exhibit CD [4] See transcript summary and transcript of 11/14/14 p 20-22 on Exhibit CD [5] See entire transcript summary and all transcripts on Exhibit CD; See this entire motion. [6]See transcript summary and transcript of 11/14/14 p 6 where J. Cannon states J. Wadas denied Motion for Substitution of Judge In April 2013,  but J. Wadas never appeared on this case on Exhibit CD

Motion to declare Illinois battery statutes unconstitutional

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Come to court and stand-up for Shelton’s argument that the IL battery statutes are unconstitutional and are systematically abusive to defendants. 5/9/16 rm 506 2600 S California, 10 am, Chicago, IL

Malicious charges of felony battery can be charged for touching an officer with a piece of paper, bumping an officer when one is spastic, or minor touching with no injury such as touching a pointed finger against an arm. Outrageous sentences can be give for up to 30 years for such alleged crimes.

Outrageously malicious Cook County State’s Attorney, who refuses to listen to reason or discipline her out of control prosecutors has intensely targeted Shelton to shut her up about her complaints against corrupt judges, police, and attorneys. Shelton needs the public’s support to survive these 15 years of unrelenting attacks against her as a whistle blower with false arrests and malicious prosecutions.

Please, in a short letter, write the U.S. Dept. Of Justice Division on Disabilities here and request their investigation of the Cook County courts and Sheriff’s office for malicious prosecution of whistle blowers, denial of due process and denial of equal protection, as well as failure to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act, abuse of prisoners, and discrimination against minorities, particularly Blacks and Hispanics:

U.S.Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Disability Rights- NYAV
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dr. Shelton, who is spastic, with hereditary intention tremors, severe balance problems where she reaches out and grabs anything involuntarily if pushed, and who suffers from PTSD after she was beaten by officers, is charged with felony battery for “touching an officer’s ear” resulting in no injury, because it was “insulting and provoking conduct.”

The officers purposely triggered the PTSD flashbacks during which she “misperceives ongoing events” due to the dream-like state or “altered state of consciousness” caused by the PTSD, then despite an agreement to accommodate her disabilities and “back-off” until the flashback  passed (during which she is confused, cowers, and is harmless) they jumped at her like a dog pack, picking her up off the floor and carried her to the lock-up. Next court date May 9, 2016, 10 am,  rm 506, 26th & California, Chicago, IL

One woman was recently convicted of kicking an officer in the shin with no injury, but because he claimed “insulting and provoking conduct” and because she has a prior felony conviction, she faces a MANDATORY minimum 6 year sentence! Read the news article here.

Read Dr. Galatzer-Levy’s letter about accommodations needed for Shelton’s psychiatric condition of PTSD (post-traumatic-stress disorder) here.

Shelton faces a possible minimum of 6 yrs for allegedly “touching an officer’s ear” during a court hearing, which the officer claims was “insulting and provoking conduct,” despite the fact the officers purposely triggered a PTSD flashback, for which the Court Disability Coordinator had been told and shown medical records proving Shelton is unaware of her surroundings during PTSD flashbacks and for which a letter from a psychiatrist instructed the court to prevent officers from triggering flashbacks and to back-off if they occur as Shelton would cower, cry, be confused and waive her hands around her head to protect herself against perceived blows (due to flashback symptoms of being attacked by officers-initially triggered by attacks for which she has photographic proof). This is a federal ADA violation because the court and its officers are required to accommodate disabilities and they were aware of and instructed about this PTSD disability. Under the law (court precedent) Shelton should not even be charged as the charges are invalid if caused by the victim violating the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). See: Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509, 533-34, 124 S. Ct. 1978, 158 L. Ed. 2d 820 (2004) and related line of cases; see also Reed v. State of Illinois, 2015 7th Circ. 14-1745.

Click here to download full motion: Motion to declare Illinois battery statute unconstitutional

This motion alleges that the Illinois battery and aggravated battery statutes are unconstitutional because:

(a) they are discriminatory and therefore violate the Americans with Disabilities Act,

(b) they suffer from overbreadth thereby making innocent contact criminal,

(c) they are vague and therefore subject to misuse and impossible to determine if an act is innocent or criminal,

(d) they deny equal protection as there is no rationality as to how they are applied to protect the public interests concerned, and

(e) they deny due process in violating the Proportionate Penalties Clause of our Illinois Constitution (they are cruel, degrading or so wholly disproportionate to the offense committed as to shock the moral sense of the community in alleging the same act and penalty for touching an officer’s ear [or even for touching an officer’s bullet proof vest with a piece of paper] as for beating an officer so bad he is in critical condition, stabbing a citizen numerous times with a knife, or making a bomb which explodes and harms a person).

These statutes also violate the separation of powers clause in that they de facto give the judiciary the power to legislate, in that the judges, not the legislature decide what conduct is a crime and what sentence a person committing that conduct should receive, out of a vast array of possible conducts, which are both unintentional and intentional, depending upon whom you believe.

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