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Could This Be The Year Cook County Voters Don’t Automatically Retain All Judges?

ICPR’s Senior Advisor David Melton was quoted in this article.

Via – Chicago Sun Times

“No Cook County judge has been voted out of office in 28 years. But a series of unusual occurrences might have voters thinking about changing that in November, when 61 judges are set to be on the ballot seeking retention.


• One judge is on the ballot even as she awaits sentencing after being convicted of mortgage fraud, refusing to abandon the race or her seat. That has Cook County Democratic Party leaders considering a shift from its usual stance in support of retaining all Democratic judges.

• Some lawyers and activist groups have begun a campaign targeting one judge on the November ballot, Matthew Coghlan, who’s being sued by two exonerated men who say that, as a prosecutor, Coghlan worked with then-Chicago police Detective Reynaldo Guevara to wrongly convict them of murder.”

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