Wednesday, March 4, 2009
WEIS GUILTY OF CONTEMPT OF COURT
A federal judge found police Supt. Jody Weis in contempt of court today and gave him until 8:45 a.m. Monday to release the names of officers who have at least five citizen complaints filed against them since 2000.
Last month, Weis refused a magistrate judge’s order to turn over the papers, saying handing over the names would “compromise officers’ performance, threaten safety, reduce morale and improperly impugn many officers’ otherwise well-deserved good reputations.”
The list is being sought — along with a more specific list of officers with excessive-force complaints filed against them — by attorneys suing the city over an allegation that an officer falsely arrested and used excessive force against two children.
In her lawsuit, Donna Moore claims Officer Robert Smith falsely arrested her 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter in 2007 over a playground dispute involving Smith's son. Smith allegedly "physically attacked" the children before they were arrested.
Judge Robert Gettleman ordered Weis to be in court Monday if he does not intend to turn over the lists.
Mayor Daley has backed Weis' decision to not hand over the names.
Flint Taylor, a lawyer for Moore, had asked the judge to issue financial sanctions against the city because of the violation of the judge's order.
This morning, Gettleman accused lead city attorney Terrence Burns of making "incorrect" representations to the court, Taylor said in a prepared statement.
It was revealed in court that the lists include some officers with more than 60 complaints filed against them.
"We are very heartened by Judge Gettleman's strong reaction to Weis and the city's continuing lawless conduct and his finding that their conduct is directly contemptuous of the federal court," Taylor said. "We trust that the city will rethink its potion before Monday and produce the names. We also look forward to questioning Weis about his bad faith conduct and his policy of protecting, rather than rooting out, the department's worst repeaters."
Jody isn't doing a stand up thing by not complying there is a hidden agenda .The mayor was backing Jody so you know that some of the mayor's clout babies are probably on the list. Weis doesn't have any ones back.