Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 11: Judge throws out man's robbery & stabbing case July 17: The man stabs Lincoln Park volleyball player 5 times

You asked. We found out.

How did the man accused of repeatedly stabbing a volleyball player near Lincoln Park Zoo last week get out of jail after being charged less than a month earlier with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated battery on the Near North Side?

Image: Skibalaw
The answer: Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman.

On June 19, a man told police that Michael J. Curry swung a knife, cut his upper left arm, and pepper sprayed him near the Chicago Red Line station. At the same time, a second man also reported being kicked and pepper sprayed by Curry while another person took the alleged victim’s property.

The first victim, 52, suffered “a 7-inch laceration” to his upper left arm, according to police. The second victim, 57, had visible redness and swelling to his eyes and face, officers said.

Police arrested Curry after both victims positively identified him moments later. He was charged, jailed, and held on a high bond.

Curry
But, during a hearing at Belmont and Western on July 11, Luckman ruled that there was no probable cause and he threw the case out.

Curry was arrested six days later after he repeatedly stabbed and slashed a 46-year-old volleyball player near the Lincoln Park Zoo, according to court records.

The Lincoln Park victim received 25 stitches and 8 staples in his left ribcage, left tricep, left shoulder, left side of the head and ear, according to court records.

“Let ‘em go Luckman”

Luckman was appointed to the Cook County bench in 1992 after working in the CTA’s law department. He has been retained in every election.

When widely-read Chicago police blog Second City Cop shared our report about Luckman finding “no probable cause” after a man was charged with participating in the battery of an off-duty officer near Wrigley Field on June 22, the blog’s readers——many of them in law enforcement—let loose with their Luckman experiences:
Anyone who has ever been to felony court at Belmont/Western has a story about that senile judge, known as "Let em' go Luckman." If his actions didn't have such serious repercussions it would be funny. The media, if they actually cared, could do an unbelievable expose on his courtroom antics. But like I said, IF they actually cared. A very significant amount of Chicago crime stats, including murders could be traced back and attributed to his release of guilty defendants that were released based upon his limited mental capacity and unbelievable bench antics.
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Judge Luckman is the poster boy for what is wrong in this City. Everyone knows he is senile and crazy and not fair. Yet to get him vote out? All but impossible. I will try though next election.
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I'm surprised at Luckman for doing that. He used to be great for signing search warrants. Would stop whatever he was doing to sign one. But he is in his 80s now. he has more than 25 years on the bench and would get maximum pension. maybe it's time to go. He may actually be senile.
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Judge Marvin Luckman has been on the bench for about 25 years past his expiration date. He's nearly deaf and his judgment id beyond questionable. But Cook County voters keep voting to retain him...
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Luckman is that the clown at Belmont/Western? He let all the felony shoplifters off with a stern warning the one day I was there - "don't go in that store again" clown
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It is time for Judge EVANS to re-assign Judge LUCKMAN to Probate Court at the Civic Center. Next step would be a gold watch, a thank-you pat on the back and a gift card for a free lunch at Manny's.
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Judge Luckman is absolutely a disgrace. He always lets the State destroy burglary tools and gives a wink and nod. Out the door they go. And a few of the shitheads know the Judge by name!

Mail Bag!

Hey! Let’s reach into the CWBChicago Gmail for a reader email.  Here’s one from YK:
Is there any reason that [Jeremy Dukes, who was charged with the June 24 robbery of a man on Halsted Street in Boystown] would be out and around this neighborhood yesterday?
I could not find him in the inmate search for Cook County Jail.
Is there any where I could verify whether this individual is roaming the neighborhood again?
Thanks for writing, YK. As it turns out, Dukes was set free after his robbery charges were thrown out when Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman found no probable cause recently.

Fortunately, Luckman did not release the woman that Dukes was arrested with.

Instead, 19-year-old Adrianna M. Chica has been extradited to Iowa where she was wanted by authorities for her alleged role in a murder, home invasion and robbery case.

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30 comments:

  1. This story was just reported on NBC 5 news tonight, a week after it happened! There was no mention that the perp is back out in the streets again courtesy of Judge Luckman- Great reporting.....I'd love to hear how the victim feels about his attacker being released without probable cause...... Its also a major disservice to our law enforcement officers who caught this piece of.....Where's the outrage people?

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    1. They save their outrage for the St. Louis Cardinals, you know, the important matters. Until our homes are invaded while we're occupying them, no one will do a damn thing.

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  2. Number one, there is a reason for elections. If you do not vote or if you vote for a senile judge such as Luckman, guess what? This bullshit continues. The same goes for the alderfools.

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    1. Email the Chicago Council of Lawyers (caffj@chicagoappleseed.com) and ask why they continue to recommend retaining Luckman.

      If Judge Evans really cares about sending a message to violent criminals, he needs to reassign Luckman asap.

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    2. Is Luckman being challenged?

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  3. If Rahmn cared about the citizens, Luckman would be out in a minute.

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  4. Time for Luckman's taxpayers funded "lucky salary" to run out!He needs to be fired,sued & taxpayers deserve a refund!He is so incompetent & should be ousted immediately for not protecting the public at large.

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  5. Judge Luckman has blood on his hands.

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  6. From the comments I have seen here and elsewhere, it is quite likely Luckman is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. I don't say this maliciously. I watched my father go thru Alzheimer's, and it is a very sad thing.

    That being said, Luckman has no business being on the bench. Instead of, or in addition to, voicing your complaints here, I suggest we flood the ARDC with complaints.

    Send your complaints to:

    Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission
    130 E Randolph Drv #1500
    Chicago IL 60601

    In your complaint, you may wish to reference the Illinois Code of Professional Conduct Rule 1.1 on Competence, but you don't have to.

    I don't know Luckman. I have never met him. But I do live a block away from where the stabbing took place and I really don't appreciate it that some judge who shouldn't be on the bench in the first place is letting dangerous criminals loose in my neighborhood.

    Sincerely,

    A Local Lawyer

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  7. So, aside from voting Luckman out at the next election, is there anything that we can do in the meantime? A superior judge we can lobby to have him placed elsewhere? An oversight board? This obviously isn't the first time his poor judgement has come to more violence, but it should be his last.

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  8. How does a judge get recalled?

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  9. The next time the opportunity occurs, on whatever is the next election date, make a point to vote against this ancient judge (who is so senior he farts Gregorian Chant) as well as the ward 44 alderpuss (who is so out of touch with the realities of his Ward that he spends his spare time baking sticky buns - lots of spare time when one works a part time job making $112K of taxpayer dollars) .....

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  10. Enough. This Judge has to go. He is the worst. These judges are all appointed back room style, and re elected thanks to the machine. How do we focus on the machine? Any precedent of defeating any of these guys?

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  11. Second City Cop is about the only place I go for local news anymore, since I started boycotting the DNAInfo.com cop-killer rag recently.

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  12. All cases in Wrigleyville and Boystown go to Belmont and Western. Other judges are the same.

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  13. The issue with retention of judges is that the system is somewhat rigged in favor of retention. To not retain a judge, he has to have 40% of voters actually vote to not retain. As long as they get 60% yes votes to retain, with not voting one way or the other counting as a yes vote; they are retained. Very rarely has there been a judge not retained in cook county under this scheme, even when there is some publicity about a few bad ones. Many people skip this part of the ballot because it's long and time consuming and they aren't educated about who to keep. Many vote yes blindly without really knowing who they're voting for. It will take some very significant publicity to not retain Luckman (if he's even up for retention this cycle) or any other horrible judge to get him/them out.

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    1. Definitely a rigged system that is outdated and needs to go!!

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  14. Great Reporting. DO NOT VOTE Luckman back into office.

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  15. It would seem that the judge can be removed, correct? Timothy Evans is the chief judge, he should remove him. How can we start a petition?

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  16. The Victims Of Lakeview...so yes we can get mugged/stabbed/ because our cops are taken away. They cops we do have catch these losers and then these judges, Luckman is not the only one put them back on our streets. .. Thanks for really, nothing.

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  17. Don't ignore the back of that ballot....

    Vote NO for retention of ALL judges.....

    Make them work for the position

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  18. this is why we need term limits. They keep finding a way to get re-elected, term limits would stop this.

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  19. Everybody! Get on your FB, get on your Everyblock.com and write messages to the citizens of Chicago not to re-elect Judge Luckman.

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  20. I'm not backing anyone here just being devils advocate..... How is the states attorney presenting these cases and how are the Officers reports written and their testimony given? Folks it all plays out its not only the judge

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  21. New slogan this election season: "Luckman? Let him go!"

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  22. When I mentioned the off duty cops case being thrown out and what a tool Luckman is, and suggested the Sun-Times do some investigating into his record, they deleted my comment. Really makes ya want to scream. How would ya like to be the poor guys attacked by this creep. Talk about insult to injury. And you can bet he will keep doing it. I guess he will have to kill someone before they take it seriously. I'd like to knock that smart arse look right off his face. People are apathetic and too busy to care, until it happens to them. Rage only seems to happen when there's some agenda involved.

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  23. Unfortunately, Luckman 's term expires in December of 2018 according to Ballotpedia..

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  24. Of course the sytem is rigged. If you knew you could get a pension 80% of 130k and only work 4 hour days you would sign up correct?

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  25. If you have a stake in the neighborhood it would behoove you to check out the courts (branch 29-misdemeanor & 42-felony) at Belmont & Western. Court starts at 900am. It's free, nobody will ask you why you are there, just don't bring any weapons. You will get an idea why there is so much crime in the neighborhood. Another thing if you go to the Chicago Police CAPS community meetings you know the neighborhood folks and police Work together to solve problems and exchange information. But did you ever see any judges, state's attorney's, public defenders or politicians at your meetings. They are the ones making decisions about your neighborhood. Where is the accountability and responsibility of these officials? Remember the police and you cannot solve the problems if these other officials are not held to task.

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  26. It's not just him, is every incompetent corrupt judge in crook county. That's why Chicago is the wild west.

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