As of Monday, July 10th, this hearing has been POSTPONED to Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1pm in Room 2508 of the Daley Center, 50 W Washington. Lawyers for the defendants said they expect a new court order concerning bail procedures to be issued “shortly” from the Office of the Chief Judge in Cook County. As a result, they think they will have different arguments to make in September. Please mark your calendars for this new date, and we will keep you posted on any developments that arise!
In October of 2016, attorneys from The Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., and Civil Rights Corps filed a lawsuit on behalf of people incarcerated in Cook County Jail simply because they could not pay monetary bonds. The suit argues that this practice of incarcerating thousands of people simply because they are poor is unconstitutional. The defendants in the lawsuit, who are Cook County judges who set bonds that people could not pay, have filed motions to dismiss the case (as was expected).
On Monday, September 11th, attorneys for the plaintiffs, people who were incarcerated in Cook County Jail, will argue against this motion to dismiss the case. CCBF is organizing a public presence in court that morning to demonstrate the strong public interest in this case and broad support for eliminating the use of money bond in Cook County. Come show solidarity with all the people incarcerated in Cook County Jail because they cannot pay a certain amount of money!
Join us on September 11th in room 2508 of the Daley Center (50 W Washington). Remember: you should plan to arrive a few minutes early to get through security! After the hearing, attorneys for the plaintiffs (who include someone referred to the litigation by CCBF and for whom we later posted bond) will briefly explain the lawsuit’s arguments and goals and what happened in court that day.