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Fairley v. Andrews
United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois
423 F. Supp. 2d 800 (2006)
Two former guards at the Cook County jail (plaintiffs) sued alleging the county, the sheriff, and other corrections officers conspired to cover up inmate abuse. The hotly contested lawsuit dragged on for two and a half years of pre-trial motions. Presiding judge Ruben Castillo entered numerous adverse rulings against the defense and held three settlement conferences, but defense counsel refused to settle. At one point Judge Castillo said if the claimants won, he would be vocal about “a misexpenditure of public funds” and make defense counsel disclose how much taxpayer money they spent. Judge Castillo also criticized defense counsel and the litigation subcommittee for not being good at evaluating litigation and wasting taxpayer dollars, including his own. Judge Castillo claimed defense counsel was “lining their pocketbook with taxpayer money,” said the claimants would likely win, and compared the case to Vietnam. Two months before trial, the county and sheriff moved to recuse Judge Castillo on bias grounds.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Castillo, J.)
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