From Michael Gearhart and Gwen Chubb–is reporting actually allowed at the Daley Center courts? a Resounding NO!

Or at least until a Federal Judge in the ND of Illinois tells them they must do so.
From: Michael Gerhardt (GGH LAW) <mgerhardt@gghlaw.net>
To: mgerhardt@gghlaw.net
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:30 PM
Subject: Family Court and the 1st Amendment – Freedom of the Press
This is a bigger victory than it appears to be,  I did not realize that until ABC, Channel 7, explained it to Gwen and me when they observed the proceedings and interviewed us.  Their view:  Sheriff Tom Dart is going to be required to put a policy in place regarding filming in the courthouse; and that will affect all media who want to cover a story at a Cook County courthouse.
The end result, Gwen’s emergency injunction against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart was granted.  Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans was not added because his position is that he is not the one objecting to Gwen’s presence.
Here is the press release.  Sorry about the delay.  I am still catching up after my trip to (26th &) California.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 31, 2014
CONTACT:                           Mik Gerhardt, Attorney
                                                Gerhardt & Haskins, LLP
                                                312. 593.5100
One Week After Announcing Cameras Allowed in Criminal Courts, Motion Seeks to
Add Chief Judge Tim Evans as a Defendant in Reporter’s Federal Civil Suit.
CHICAGO, IL – On eve of New Year, attorneys in U. S. Northern District Court seek emergency injunctive relief in reporter’s complaint of federal civil rights violations against Sheriff Tom Dart and Director of Building Security for the Public Building Commission, Chief Edward Carik.
At 9:15 a.m. in the Dirksen Federal Building located at 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL attorneys for reporter Gwendolyn Chubb will bring a motion before Judge Milton Shadur to add Chief Judge Tim Evans as a Defendant. Ms. Chubb’s assignment includes reporting on Domestic Relations cases from inside the lobby and hallways of the Daley Center and other courthouses where civil matters are heard.
Ms. Chubb is a reporter and co-hosts a live talk show along with family law attorney, Michael Gerhardt for an independent radio station broadcasting out of the near north side.
AM 1680, Q4 Radio features an alternative arts and activism platform and offers numerous shows highlighting controversial issues in social justice. Ms. Chubb possesses current and valid media credentials issued through the Chicago Police Department and after completing an application with the building management office of the Daley Center had been allowed in with camera equipment from
April 1, 2014 to April 23, 2014 when things suddenly went haywire.
On April 23, 2014, the reporter was on the 19th floor of the Daley Center when, “All of a sudden, I was surrounded by four armed sheriffs telling me I was under arrest”, states Ms. Chubb, who offered to destroy any footage from the day’s reporting and leave instead of going to jail. When Ms. Chubb submitted several FOIA’s inquiring as to what law, order or ordinance she violated, the sheriff’s office could provide no such statute.
Ms. Chubb then took her FOIA request along with the sheriff’s response to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Public Access Counselor for follow up. When the AG’s office was unsuccessful, and in light of the Illinois Supreme Court’s March 2014 decision in People v. Clark determining civil courts are public proceedings and judges are public officials, Ms. Chubb took her case to the federal district court for Freedom of Press, Freedom of Speech, Excessive Force and other civil rights violations.
A status hearing was set for January 16, 2015 to schedule a settlement conference, but with this latest development, attorneys are unsure of what will happen next, yet remain hopeful they will prevail in court especially since dragging everyone in on the holiday. But as attorney and former marine, Michael Gerhardt stated, “the fight for justice does not allow for holidays”.
Mick
Michael D. Gerhardt
Law Offices of
Gerhardt & Haskins LLP
730 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
312-334-9021
NEW FAX: 312-284-4815

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