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Party leadership voted overwhelmingly not to endorse judges Michael Toomin and Mauricio Araujo for retention.
Cook County judge said judicial candidate Michael Gerber and his co-counsel’s statements in a recently overturned conviction “amounted to a purposeful due process violation that led to petitioner’s conviction.”
Of the 81 candidates running, 16 have failed to be recommended for the bench by both the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL). Another 13 have received negative evaluations by one or the other.
Dozens are vying for judge’s seats in Cook County. Not all of them got recommendations from local bar groups.
If history is a guide, the principal attributes of the winners in Cook County’s judicial races will not be their qualifications — their legal experience, education, and temperament — but rather the ethnicity of their names, their skin color, gender, campaign financing, and ballot position.