Friday, September 19, 2014

ALDERMAN: Higher Bond Sought For "Arson Suspect" Today; Lenient Judge Calabrese Presiding

Effects of a recent arson fire in the 900 block of
Margate Terrace, Uptown. (Image: Facebook)
UPDATE 2:03PM: After today's hearing, Grunauer is being held without bond. Another bond hearing is scheduled for next week.
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Daniel Grunauer, described by 48th ward staffer Marko Zaric, as an ”Arson suspect!” will be in court at 9:30 this morning and Zaric has asked concerned residents to be there, too.
He received a very low bond amount ($4000). We need to have court advocates [this morning] to show the communities [sic] resolve in keeping this individual off the streets. The trial attorney will be requesting an increase in the bond amount. The more community members we have [in court], the better the argument will be for this to happen. Judge Calabrese will be on the bench. He is very considerate of the community's concerns. Alderman Osterman will also be in court ... to represent the community.
The location of Branch 42 is 2452 West Belmont (Belmont and Western) Court Time: 9:30am (Please get there no later than 9am to make it through security)
[…] We need to send a strong message to the courts that this behavior will not be tolerated in our community. The most effective way to do this is to be in court as an advocate.
As CWB reported earlier this week, Grunauer has never been charged with arson. He is currently charged with burglary.

Should you decide to make an appearance this morning, keep in mind that cell phones are NOT allowed past security in Cook County Criminal Court buildings.

It’s A Breeze With Calabrese

CWB readers may recall our recent report on local burglary and theft arrestees. The previously-mentioned Judge Anthony Calabrese was highlighted several times for his willingness to let burglary and theft offenders off with slaps of the hand.

Most famously, he likes to drop burglary tool possession charges in exchange for destroying the defendants’ crowbars and screwdrivers—even if the defendant is a repeat offender.

Coincidentally, one of the individuals in our story who was let off by Calabrese was stopped by police late last night after being seen breaking into cars near Surf and Broadway. He was sent on his way because officers could not find a complainant.
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18 comments:

  1. So, CPD can see a car break-in but can't arrest the crook unless they find someone to file a complaint? That makes no sense. They can issue a traffic ticket without needing a victim.

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    1. Yeah, that makes no sense -- if the police witness the commission of a crime, then THEY are witnesses. Why on earth would they need a complainant? If they see someone throw a body in the lake, they can't arrest that person? Huh?

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    2. Yes, this isn't tv. If there is not a victim there is no one to sign the complaint. Being a witness does not allow that person to become a victim, there is a difference. As to the traffic ticket statement, um... The officer is an agent if the state, state statute was violated so they sign the complaint (which is a traffic ticket). Yes an officer can be a victim in certain instances, ie someone hits them, or steals from them, or even possesses illegal drugs in violation of state statute. See what happens is whoever signs the complaint is on the hook for unlawful arrest... Including a citizen. So if officer A sees a guy breaking into a house but can not find the owner, why on earth would the officer sign a complaint? Maybe the owner gave the guy permission to go in and the guy lost his keys... That does happen more frequently than people would believe. No victim, no arrest, taken the guys info down, if it turns out there was a burglary police have a person to go after...

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    3. Judge Calabrese will just like the bad guys go because he does NOT believe the Police Officer testimony as to the facts!

      I know of a few Officers that are fed up going to his court, just to see the offenders walk out of court with a smirk on their faces and a little slap on the wrist!

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    4. That's right pal. Pick up a copy of the criminal code and read it. Then voice your opinion. People always dumping on the police when all the police are doing is enforcing the law - as written.

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  2. Judge Calabrese is anti-police! He let's offenders go all the time with a slap on the wrist!

    Judge Calabrese is NOT fit to be on any bench!

    Take it from someone who has dealt with this "tool"!

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    1. For elections, the judge section always confounds. Maybe here at CWB, you could keep a sticky sidebar list of those who've shown they go easy on the thugs. Would be a big help in informing and galvanizing the "throw the bums out" movement that's needed for those who are in effect prolonging and furthering our misery.

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    2. His court room is the worst place for a victim and safest place for a criminal. Good luck citizens. You will need it.

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    3. "keep a sticky sidebar list of those who've shown they go easy on the thugs"

      Good idea Anonymous. We'll give that some thought as election day nears.

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    4. Thanks, CWB. I wouldn't mind seeing a sticky sidebar, or table or chart, showing all of Tunney's gaffes and missteps and idiocy, especially from the past couple of years. For example, 7/3/13, attended CAPS meeting, screeched "Shut up! Shut up!" at a constituent. 9/4/13 (or whatever the date was), held a useless "community walk" as a photo-op to give the impression that he cares about crime in the neighborhood. 9/19/14, issues a ward 44 email blast to constituents concerning the arsonist, but only after a CBS2 reporter called him and Tunney realized (too late) he'd better do something to save face. And so on and so on ...

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    5. Halsted Street is (was) anti-police and this is coming from someone that dealt with those "FOOLS".

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  3. Is Judge Calabrese a "made man"? Perhaps THAT is why he is so pro-crime and pro-criminal.....

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  4. Calabrese is another WORTHLESS liberal judge....and because of his incompetence, the good law-abiding folks in our area suffer.

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  5. Another note on Calabrese. He is the Judge that let the ASA who was on video being abusive and violent off.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/19301534-418/prosecutor-and-her-boyfriend-acquitted-of-battery-charges.html

    This was the same case that involved Tunney calling the store owner and asking them to stop "the theatrics".

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/20397971/lingerie-shop-owner-says-hes-being-bulled-by-alderman-exclusive

    Crook County at it's finest!

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  6. Somebody should put together a list of judges who do not do their job in protecting the public, and when we see those names on the ballot, we will know how to vote. It seems that an appointment to the Cook County bench is like a federal judicial appointment, meaning it is for life.

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  7. That name...I have a little story about it......they have to be related........but anyway, Chicago has always prided itself regarding this stuff...nothing to do with the salad though.

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  8. For the record, I've been an officer for about two decades now and I can tell you I have no problem with Calabrese. He's better than Luckman, better than Kowalski ever was. Also do any of you even know how the court system works? There are very very few cases even heard at branch 29. Most get transferred out to branch 46. How it basically works is bad guy gets arrested, he gets bond and is given a court date. At said court date the states attorney decides what to do with the case, not the judge. If the state opts to leave (SOL) the case is thrown out. Cases that are usually SOLed, drugs, theft lost or mislaid, prostitution, and all cases where a citizen complainant does not show up. I have had a few cases actually go to trial under Calabrese and to date I have yet to lose a case. Just for the record

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  9. You can sign complaints on behalf of a victim. When you see somebody breaking into a car, arrest the bad guy. You won't get felony approval, but you can upgrade it if the owner contacts police about the break in, or you find the owner, while the offender is still in custody. It's been done numerous times.

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