Judge Cynthia Y. Cobbs obtained her judicial seat under patronage from Justice Charles Freeman even though Cobbs didn’t live in Cook County, in violation of IL Constitution. Cobb lived in Frankfort, Illinois which is in neighboring Will County. Article VI Section 11 of the Illinois State Constitution states: “No person shall be eligible to be a Judge or Associate Judge unless he is a United States citizen, a licensed attorney-at-law of this State, and a resident of the unit which selects him”
“To us, the issue is that Freeman chose a former law clerk from another circuit when there undoubtedly were hundreds of qualified candidates in Cook County. Judges should be chosen based on merit, not political ties” The Cook County circuit bench is freighted with too many unqualified judges, clouted into the courtroom for all the wrong reasons and protected by the politicians who helped put them there. Tribune, March 11, 2013 (link below,last assessed on November 12, 2017)
When the Illinois Supreme Court acted to fill a vacancy on the Cook County bench, it looked no further than the chambers of one of its own — Justice Charles Freeman who regularly helps his unqualified clerks to obtain judicial seats.
Traditionally, the three Democratic justices from Chicago — Freeman, Anne Burke and Mary Jane Theis — take turns recommending lawyers to fill openings that may occur because of election to another court, retirement, illness or death. The Supreme Court should fill every vacancy with a certifiably top-shelf jurist — not stacking the bench with its own cronies.
Some legal experts began questioning the constitutionality of Cobb’s appointment in the fall of 2011, pointing out that she is not a resident of Cook County. Dawn Clark Netsch, a Northwestern University law professor and co-author of the state constitution, explained: “It certainly appears the court did not abide by the constitution’s residency qualification. https://ballotpedia.org/Cynthia_Y._Cobbs
However, court spokesman Joseph Tybor explained that the Illinois Supreme Court was justified in appointing Cobbs.
Before her first appointment to the bench in 2011, Judge Cobb never had any trial Court experience at all.
Cobbs served as Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland. She worked for several years in Maryland in a clinical setting helping abused and neglected children before turning to the law.
Cobbs started her legal career in 1989 as a law clerk, and later chief law clerk, to Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman. She joined the AOIC in 1997, becoming Chief Legal Counsel for the Administrative Office within two years. Cobbs was initially appointed Director of the AOIC in March 2002.
Cynthia Y. Cobbs is a judge assigned to the First District Appellate Court in Illinois. Though she works as an appellate judge, Cobbs still faces retention elections to her position on the Cook County Court. She was first appointed to the Cook Judicial Circuit Court on September 22, 2011, to replace Henry Simmons and was then re-appointed, effective November 30, 2012. Cobbs was re-elected to the Cook County Judicial Circuit in 2014 for a term that expires on December 6, 2020. On January 5, 2015, Cobbs was assigned to the First District Appellate Court effective January 7, 2015, lasting until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court.
As of November 12, 2017 Appeal Court Justice Cobbs does NOT have her resume posted on Illinois Appeal Court website.
I am not surprised. Besides being unqualified crony to Justice Freeman, Cobbs’ appointment to the bench came with a price tag.
Even though Cobbs’ election donations are relatively modest
comparing to Justices Harris his housewife Jane loans Judge Sheldon A. Harris
or Justice John B. Simon who chipped into his race $660,000.00.
Cobbs’was a very generous supporter of Illinois Democratic party where Mr. Madigan is a Speaker and Chairman.
This is not a secret that having the blessing of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan increased a candidate’s likelihood of becoming a judge. So, it appears that Cynthia Y. Cobbs purchased her seat and laundered cash though her elections funds.
Worth to mention, Justice Freeman’s son, Kevin Freeman, is on the Board of Illinois Tax Appeal, where Mr. Madigan racks millions of dollars by lowering his wealthy friends property taxes and sending the bill to Illinois Taxpayers. Every dollar Madigan earns back for his corporate clients makes someone else’s property tax bill go up.
No surprise that with such powerful political and financial backup Cynthia Y. Cobbs had very little (if any) obstacles to be a judge.
Average people like myself did not supported Cobbs’ election to the Judge.
Cobbs’ Committee Chairman was a well-connected lawyer Larry Rogers, Jr. , a partner of Power Rogers & Smith who donated millions of dollars to various judicial and political campaigns.
According to the article posted on January 29, 2010, By Allen Adomite, vice president of the Illinois Civil Justice League “Personal injury lawyers in Illinois will stop at nothing to elect their handpicked candidates to Illinois’ higher courts“
Other donors are also very well-connected lawyers who regularly appear in large personal injury cases and would stop at nothing to elect their handpicked candidates.
I had personal and very negative experience in Justice Cobbs Court. On January 8, 2015, or one (1) day AFTER Cobbs was assigned to Appeal Court on January 7, 2015, I filed my Petition to Reconsider an erroneous decision entered on December 18, 2014 by Justices Epstein, Howse and Ellis. Justices ruled on my case where the key material evidence based on which trial Court entered their decision in favor of Wells Fargo bank was criminally concealed by Judge Robert E. Senechalle, Jr. (Mr. Madigan’s crony).
Judge Senechalle not only acted in excess of ALL jurisdiction, enabled and committed fraud upon the Court; and obstructed justice to defraud the Higher Court and myself, which he definitely succeeded.
Judge Senechalle also had a family connections with plaintiff’s law Firm, Mayer Brown LLP, who represented Wells Fargo bank in Appeal Court case (acting under glimpse of Deutsche Bank) where his brother-in-law, Julian D’Esposito, was a partner.
At least two other Justices in my 2014 Appeal, Epstein and Ellis, also received substantial donations from Mayer Brown LLP.
Worth to mention, Julian D’Esposito served as Governor Jim Thompson’s chief counsel from 1977 to 1981 and as his director of staff. Thompson is a long time crony with Justice William J. Bauer who used his personal connections with Justice Theis to help his former secretary, now wife Patricia Spratt to obtain a judicial seat.
Spratt, who was the latest judge in my case, also received substantial donations from Mayer Brown LLP.
Cynthia Y. Cobbs ignored and disregarded all my evidence of fraud, forgery, lack of standing and lack of jurisdiction and on January 28, 2015 denied my Petition for Rehearing in the most corrupt manner.
Bear to repeat, Cobbs, who never handled any foreclosures and securities cases in her career as Administrative Assistant and Municipal Court Judge of three years (2011-2014) was assigned to her Appeal Court seat on January 7, 2015.
In any office it takes about 2-3 weeks for a new employee to proceed with basic orientation. Spratt had only 14 business days to review record of a complex foreclosure case, which she likely had never done before in her professional career.
I reasonably doubt if Cynthia Y. Cobbs actually reviewed my Petition at all when she blindly enabled Wells Fargo bank fraud upon the Court because Cynthia Y. Cobbs is a “handpicked judge” whose professional duties are to serve banks, corporations and their well connected lawyers, specially those who bankroll judicial elections, of course.