Taking the last cold beer in the icebox, or that slice of pizza?
Nah. Those transgressions might get a raised eye brow, or a verbal rebuke, but here are some things one might do in order to find oneself before Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas.
- Retail Theft
- Minor Drug Offences
- Mental health-related charges
- Simple Assault
- Indecent Exposure
- Drug Possession
- Drug Sale
- Criminal Damage to Property
Poor folks no longer worry about getting up the cash to bond out before court date, because Cook County Government President Toni Preckwinkle, Sheriff Tom Dart and States Attorney Kim Foxx are all about Prison/Jail/Detention/Correction Reform.
Good news!!! You can now expedite the bonding process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before you come to the CCDOC. When we receive the email, we will begin getting the release paperwork together, which could cut down on your wait time. Your email must include the following:
That means, not holding people charged with Minor Offences in Cook County Jail. People like gentle giant and Lynnwood resident Christian Brown, 23.
Brown, 23, of south suburban Lynwood, was up for a minor offense in the Leighton Criminal Courts Building on Saturday afternoon before Judge Peggy Chiampas when she handed down an I-bond, or signature bond, by which the defendant isn’t required to post cash for release, according to several people present during the hearing.Mr. Brown spit at the Judge, when he was asked if he understood that the Cook County I-Bond insured that he would waltz out of the Leighton Criminal Courts Building and onto the pavement on California Avenue - guilty as hell and free as a bird.
Witnesses said Brown then spat at the veteran judge, striking one of her arms and her black robe. Some of those present for the incident wondered whether Brown knew that he would have been released without posting bond.
Before Brown was hustled out of the courtroom by deputies, Chiampas held him in direct contempt of court and ordered him held in Cook County Jail for 30 days. She initially ordered him held for 30 months but said she misspoke and corrected her previous order. Chiampas *did note that she could have had Brown jailed for six months but opted not to.
Well, not quite. And there's pizza!
Guilty as hell, free as a bird.
That is a paraphrase from Old Bill Ayers and his Old Lady, one of the master switches in turning our Justice System into the one where Minor Offenders like Christian Brown can spit on a Judge doing him a solid.
The above referenced news article from the Chicago Tribune does not explain exactly what 'Minor Offence' had been the cause of Mr. Brown's visit to the Leighton Criminal Courts Building. However, Mr. Brown's new status as a guest of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is for Criminal Contempt.
Kim Foxx is all about criminal contempt or Justice.
One wonders how much saliva will be needed to splatter to keep Cook County Offenders from spilling even more blood into our streets. As Fats Waller said, "One never knows, do one?"
Judge Chiampas is a hero of the American judiciary.