The [Wednesday] Papers
"At an appeal hearing today, city officials defended their refusal to allow a protest march in the Loop on the first day of the NATO summit in May, saying police will be too busy with all the motorcades for visiting delegates," the Tribune reports.
Every clever comment I've tried to insert here has been way too obvious, so just pick your own.
"A middle-of-the-Loop protest rally and march on the opening day of the NATO summit would clog traffic and 'drain' Chicago police resources as officers turn their attention to world leaders descending on the city and the Cubs and Sox squaring off at Wrigley Field - not to mention the regular duties throughout the city," the Sun-Times reports.
The Cubs play the Sox that weekend? That's a new one. But it's true. Apparently someone in the city was finally inspired to check!
The city says it would have the resources to police a march if that march was so far out of the way as to render it meaningless. So they've proposed an alternate route that might as well snake its way through Palatine.
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered an explanation for the route change at an unrelated event Tuesday: 'If you want to stay with the original application, no problem. If you change the date, the destination doesn't change, [but] the route does to accommodate given the fact that you have about 150 dignitaries that you have [to] move.'"
You helped negotiate a 2,000-page health care bill, Rahm, I think you can figure out how to move 150 dignitaries through the city without suspending the First Amendment.
"The city has argued that the same concerns did not apply to the march permitted during the G-8 summit because it involves fewer delegations of foreign leaders," the Tribune also reports.
"While [CPD chief of international relations Debra] Kirby and Michael Simon, an assistant commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, both testified that the NATO conference would bring about 50 delegations to town, they said G-8 would have brought only a few more than the eight members of the organization. However, like NATO, experts say G-8 draws delegations from many more countries than just the eight members. The 2009 G-8 in Italy drew 40 delegations, said John Kirton, director of the G-8 Research Group at the University of Toronto."
"The city has defended the permit denial on multiple fronts. While the size of the NATO summit relative to G-8 was the argument officials stressed last week, at Tuesday's hearing much more emphasis was placed on the potential size of the demonstration."
One argument per week until they find one that works!
"Kirby and Simon said the demonstration could easily swell to a size that would overwhelm Daley Plaza, creating further public safety issues. Kirby acknowledged that she had not objected on those grounds when the original permit application was filed in January."
"Protest leader Andy Thayer said he believed that his lawyers had reached a gotcha moment in the hearing when they pressed Kirby on whether the city would be able to find the resources to handle their original march route if the appeal was successful. She said that while it would stretch the department, they would find a way to deal with whatever circumstances they were dealt."
"A motion filed Tuesday by lawyers for Michael Tillman, who has alleged that he was beaten, burned, smothered and threatened with death in 1986 by Chicago detectives working under Burge to coerce a confession to the rape and murder of a South Side woman, said city lawyers representing Daley for months have dragged their feet, ignoring requests for a videotaped deposition from the former mayor."
Maybe their resources are being drained by the NATO summit.
"'We have patiently waited . . . for seven months for the city to produce defendant Richard Daley for his deposition testimony. So now we are taking the gloves off,' Tillman's attorney Flint Taylor said in a statement.
"'We intend to question them about what they knew about the Burge torture scandal, when they knew it and why they did not stop it,' he said.
"The motion states that Tillman's lawyers first tried to set up the deposition for September 2011, but that was delayed when city attorneys objected. City attorneys twice were to discuss terms for the questioning, but a hearing in November was canceled after Daley's wife, Maggie, died.
"Since November, Tillman's lawyers said the city has ignored multiple requests to reschedule. Tillman's lawyers last contacted the city in February, seeking a meeting in March."
Sounds like what reporters go through trying to get a FOIA request answered.
"Roderick Drew, spokesman for the city's Law Department, said in an e-mail that 'former Mayor Richard M. Daley has cooperated with the investigation in this case. He has been willing to appear for the deposition, but understandably, his deposition was delayed following the loss of his wife, Mrs. Daley. To date, some depositions have been taken thus far, and we expect that the deposition of former Mayor Daley and the plaintiff will proceed in due course.'"
To show he was speaking in good faith, Drew sent along this depiction of a city attorney trying to schedule the deposition.
The Koschman Case
But here's what caught my eye:
"Years ago, the daughter of the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee was before him. Dan Rostenkowski's daughter had been arrested on charges of cocaine possession, but Toomin found that the police had no cause to search her and the charges were tossed."
I thought that was worth looking up; I found that it was barely covered at the time by the local papers.
"A Cook County Circuit Court judge on Monday said police illegally searched the daughter of U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski during an August 1993 traffic stop and ruled that the cocaine officers said they found in the waistband of her pants cannot be used as evidence," the Tribune reported on April 13, 1994.
"Judge Michael P. Toomin did rule that packets containing cocaine that police allege were dropped by two passengers in Gayle Rosten's car could be presented as evidence against the passengers. But, Toomin said, police had no grounds to search Rosten, 36, of 3409 N. Albany Ave., after her car was pulled over in the 1300 block of North Sedgwick Street for running a stop sign.
"During that search, police claimed they found a gram of cocaine in a matchbox in Rosten's pants. However, disallowing its use as evidence effectively destroyed the state's case.
"Prosecutors said they may appeal the ruling. The two passengers, James A. Borchers, 43, and Jennifer L. Anzelone, 25, are scheduled to be tried next month on cocaine possession charges."
That was it. I'm not a lawyer, but still don't understand why the police didn't have probable cause to search Rosten. If two passengers drop packets of cocaine inside the car, isn't everyone - especially the driver - subject to search?
At any rate, prosecutors ended up dropping the charges against Rosten but not the other two.
An account indicating the case was more problematic than local reporters let on appeared in Playboy in 1997:
"In June 1990 Gayle Rosten, the daughter of then-House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-III.), was busted and charged with possession of 29 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver. Rosten could have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, but she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and instead was sentenced to three years' probation and 20 hours of public service. She paid a fine of $2,800 and forfeited the car in which the cocaine was found when she was arrested.
"Three years later Rosten was busted again after police found a gram of cocaine in her possession; her car had been searched after she allegedly ran a stop sign. Since Rosten was still on probation from the earlier conviction, she could have been sentenced to up to three years in prison. Chicago Narcotics Court Judge Oliver Spurlock dismissed the charge against Rosten, giving no reason for his decision to set her free.
"The charge was reinstated after Rosten was indicted by a county grand jury. On April 12, 1994 Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin ruled that the search of Rosten had been illegal, yet ruled that packets containing cocaine supposedly 'dropped' by two passengers in her car was admissible evidence - against the passengers. Rosten walked again."
To be fair, the Tribune reported in 2010 that Toomin was "Widely regarded as one of the most experienced and capable jurists in Cook County."
"I didn't make it to the elevator. That was disappointing, since the event was posted on the college's website as 'open to the public.' And neither a printout of the posting nor press credentials made a dent in the marching orders: no outsiders would be allowed, least of all any outside press.
"In fact, just a week earlier, Carter had written to the faculty, cautioning them against talking to the media (or to students) about the hot-button topic on campus - an institution-wide, consultant-driven review process with the unlovely title 'prioritization.' Unhappy with publicity it had already inspired, the leader of the school whose mission is education in the areas of 'arts, communications, and public information' wanted to put a lid on the conversation."
It's almost impossible to add another layer of irony to this, but I think I found a way.
Animal Mystery Solved?
"Cherie Travis confirmed in an interview Saturday that she was fired Friday. She said officials did not explain why she was let go."
The Sun-Times reported that "The executive director of Chicago's Animal Care and Control department was fired Friday, a move she said 'was a complete surprise to me.'
"City spokesman Eve Rodriguez, in explaining the decision to fire Cherie Travis, only said Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration 'decided to go in a different direction.'"
Maybe this sort of thing had something to do with that decision:
(h/t: David Ormsby)
Teaching At The Oasis
The Beachwood Tip Line: Draining.
Posted on March 28, 2012
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