Judge since: 2000
Before her election to the bench, Slattery Boyle worked six years as an assistant Cook County state’s attorney and also worked for the City of Chicago’s Law Department. In 2000, she ran for judge unopposed with the public endorsement of John Daley, former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s brother. She was assigned to the First Municipal District before being transferred to the Criminal Division.
Bar Association ratings
This year: The CCL rated Slattery Boyle “not qualified,” citing her tendency for harsh sentencing and reversals. The CBA rated her qualified and the ISBA recommended her for retention.
Past: In 2012, she was found qualified by ISBA, CBA, and CCL.
Notable: The Illinois Appellate Court has overturned 35 decisions of Slattery Boyle in the past six years, Injustice Watch reporting found. In three cases, defendants won exonerations after the appellate court reversed Slattery Boyle decisions that they did not even deserve post-conviction hearings, and ordered their cases reassigned to new judges. The Injustice Watch analysis of criminal court judges found Slattery Boyle is the most harsh in sentencing of any of the 24 judges assigned to the Criminal Division who have presided over 1,000 or more cases in the past six years.