Judge James E. Snyder obtained his judicial position through connection with IL Democratic Party Speaker Michael Madigan who regularly helps his cronies (under patronage from IL Supreme Court) to obtain positions of public trust in Cook County Court, Illinois. Specially for candidates who regularly lose their public elections, which suggests certain gratuities for appointments.
In 2000 James E. Snyder lost his election for Ward Committee man.
In 2007 James E. Snyder was appointed on Judge Robert J. Kowalski vacancy.
It appears that Judge Snyder’s appointment came with a handsome price tag.
In 2006 well-connected Judge Kowalski was retained for six years term but in 2007 suddenly retired in favor of James E. Snyder who, bear to repeat, previously lost two public elections and was appointed on Kowalski’s vacancy. Kowalski’s remaining 5 years of judicial term (2007-2012) could worth as much as $1,000,000.00 ($1 million) or about $200K per year in judicial pay and benefits. Yet, he gave up his judicial seat along with all earnings in favor of elections loser James E. Snyder.
Based on Judge Kowalski’s adverse public character – disapproved by 10 Bar Associations; sued a lawyer who represented his father Walter J. Kowalski, Cook County judge, over how the lawyer handled the estate of his father’s mistress Geraldine Fudema; relentlessly bullied his Hispanic neighbor after retirement – I doubt if Judge Robert J. Kowalski would vacate his seat without a compensation, which could be as high as $1,000,000.00.
In March 2008 James E. Snyder lost his judicial election. On August 18, 2008 James E. Snyder was assigned on a position of Associate Judge, thanks to his connections with Speaker Madigan and his family. Currently James E. Snyder is a Law Division Judge.
James E. Snyder’ two family members: Gregory Snyder and Matthew Snyder work for a well-connected Law Firm Hinshaw &Culbertson LLP who regularly represent high-net clients in Law Division of Cook County Court.
H&C has at least five (5) personal Judges: Snyder, Sullivan, Mulroy, Horan and Judge John C. Griffin in Cook County Court; and H&C lawyers regularly appear in Judge Snyder’s Court without disclosing their conflicts of interests with Judge Snyder to opposing parties. I personally observed how H&C partner Peter Sullivan (son of Judge Harold Sullivan, brother of Judge Sharon Sullivan )appeared before Judge Snyder on or about June 15, 2017 representing Defendants while Plaintiff’s lawyer was apparently unaware of Judge Snyder’s family connections with H&C.
Judge James E. Snyder is very likely a relative to Kenneth Snyder, founder of Snyder Pickerill Media Group.This small corporation whose published annual income ranges between $55K to $77K per year, collected over $12,000,000.00 between 2012-2016 from various political candidates for some media services (I never saw their political ads).
Judge James E. Snyder freely trespass applicable laws; knowingly acts in excess of all jurisdiction (and admits it); fix cases in favor of his parties of interests; bully and terrorize his non-favorite African American lawyers and ProSe litigants from the bench in the most hostile manner; and fail to disclose his conflicts of interests to attorneys who appear before him.
Case 12-L-1103 Lanre Amu v. Judge James E. Snyder. Judge Snyder represented by IL AG Lisa Magidan who had a fatal conflict of interests to represent Judge Snyder since he obtained his judicial seat through connections with Lisa Madigan’s family.
Lanre Amy stated: “On information and belief, prior to January 19, 2012, in front of numerous persons defendant in his personal capacity maliciously stated the following concerning the plaintiff: “…attorney ‘Lanre Amu is a flim flam”; On January 19, 2012, in front of numerous persons including Allen Henderson, defendant in his personal capacity maliciously stated the following concerning plaintiff: …attorney ‘Lanre Amu is a flim flam…” defendant again repeating to these persons: ” ‘Lanre Amu is a flim flam attorney…” In making the defamatory statements, defendant [Snyder] intended to mean that plaintiff ‘Lanre Amu is a fraudulent attorney, a swindler-an attorney who takes money from people by fraud or deceit, and a criminal.” Plaintiff asserted the alleged defamation is “part and parcel of a well orchestrated scheme by the defendant and his company, motivated solely by personal animosity and personal vendetta.” This scheme, plaintiff maintained, was based ‘in part [on] a disagreement plaintiff had with defendant’s friend(s) one of whom is named Thomas Chiola.” Thomas Chiola a retired judge of the circuit court of Cook County, who was a gay activist judge, like Judge James E. Snyder.
In August 2015 ProSe litigant Eric Bartl created a GoFundMe page where he described his experience in Judge James E. Snyder’s court: “.[.] I have been a victim of chicago corruption and anti-christian discrimination in the courts, a situation which has left me in financial ruin. My state court case against the cab company was under the control of Judge James E. Snyder, a well known gay activist judge (who are generally known to be very hostile and anti-Christian).
[.] The corrupt anti-Christian judge (James Snyder) who had been managing the case and doing everything he could to help the opposing attorney bury it (even his bailiff once told me I should drop my case because I was in way over my head, can you imagine a deputy sheriff jumping into the political effort to stop my pursuit of justice) assigned it to another like minded hostile and corrupt judge (Sydney A. Jones III) who went on to make one completely lawless and obviously discriminatory ruling after another, making a case which should have been a slam dunk for me as difficult as possible to win. Judge Snyder dragged one motion of mine on for 6 months before getting a hearing on it. He expressed tremendous hostility toward me during one hearing and even refused to let me speak. Judge Snyder manually assigned my case to Judge Sydney A. Jones III, who was the one who completely sabotaged my case before trial and fixed the jury outcome.
I have personal and identical experience in Judge Snyder’s Court which had nothing to do with the Law or Justice but Judge Snyder abuses of power and retaliatory hostility when Snyder fixed my case in favor of well-connected Law Firm Gordon Rees with over 800 lawyers who enlisted three lawyers: Managing Partner J. Hayes Ryan; Senior Counselor Eckerly and Associate Murphy. I was ProSe.
Judge Snyder’s vindictiveness went not only against me but also against his innocent clerk whom I gave a courtesy copy of my Motion where I attached Judge Snyder’s own inteview where he claimed that “I try everyday to be the best judge that I can be: To be fair, to know the law, and to treat the people who appear in court with respect” I was going to ask Judge Snyder why he is acting so differently in my case.
Judge Snyder, who did not give me any opportunity to argue my Motion, dismissed my case in the most corrupt in unlawful manner, without any written Opinion, just an oral statement (after I requested explanations for his dismissal) where he specifically mentioned that his verdict was based on my objections to his unlawful practices AND my “communication with his clerk” about his failed elections and judicial malpractices.
It was not true I did not discussed Snyder’s election or his judicial misconduct with any clerks and merely gave her a copy of my Motion with Snyder’s printed 2008 interview on the top. It was enough for Judge Snyder to dismiss my case with prejudice, without ANY review on case merits; and fire and replace his Court clerk.
Moreover, Judge Snyder admitted to act in excess of all jurisdiction when he:
(1) dismissed my case in October 2016 in favor of his preferred parties – corporate Defendants represented by well-connected lawyers whose legal fees paid by insurance company, even though I filed a Motion for Continuance, which was scheduled for hearing in November 2016 and Judge Snyder granted it. Worth to mention, Gordon Rees lawyers demanded Judge Snyder to rule on their legally insufficient Motion to Dismiss my case, filed without a Sworn Affidavit, which is a violation of numerous laws including 5/2-619 and IL S.Ct.R 191; and move individual Defendants for November’s hearing, without any Motions to Sever their clients. Obviously, referred lawyers are not required to comply with any laws and rules in Judge Snyder’s Court.
(2) In November 2016 Snyder conducted a hearing on my Motion filed in October 2016; and allowed me to file an Amended Complaint against ALL parties, including corporate Defendants whom he unlawfully dismissed in October 2016.
(3) In March 2017 lawyer Eckerly appeared before Judge Snyder and claimed that her clients are “not parties” in my case.But if Eckerly’s clients are “not parties” – she had absolutely no right to represent them before Snyder – which she did anyway.
(4) When lawyer Eckerly asked to file a Motion to Dismiss my Amended Complaint (which contradicts with her statement that her clients are not parties in my case), she did it in the most unprofessional manner.Eckerly’s motion was legally insufficient, as usual; and based on Court’s “lack of jurisidicton” due to October 2016 dismissal order, which was a void decision due to insufficient motion to Dismiss; lack of Motion to sever her clients; and my motion for continuance to November, granted by Snyder.
Furthermore, Judge Snyder reversed and overruled his October 2016 order twice, specially when he allowed me to amend my Complaint against all Defendants.
So, when on June 15, 2017 Judge Snyder granted Corporate lawyers’ fatally defective Motion to Dismiss my Amended Complaint – Snyder basically admitted that during all this time – between October 2016 through June 2017 – he knowingly and maliciously acted in excess of all jurisdiction solely to cause me damages with preparing and filing a complex legal action; and place me under extreme emotional distress.
Procedural background: My case was filed against a negligent real estate firm, IL Department of Professional Regulations (ILDPR) and several individuals.
ILDFR was represented by IL AG Lisa Madigan. At the very first status hearing before Judge Snyder, he instantly fixed my claim against ILDFR with prejudice without giving me any opportunity to speak and without ANY explanations why. He merely stated that my claim is dismissed. Of course, Judge Snyder never mentioned his conflict of interests and favorable connections with Lisa Madigan’s family; and how she defended him in Lanre Amu v. James Snyder case.
Real estate company who was represented by three licensed lawyers backed by insurance company were absolutely confident in Judge Snyder’s favorable verdict and repeatedly sent me harassing letters and emails where they tried to extort from me money (up to $15,000.00 !!!) and demanded to drop my case.
Judge Snyder did not fail them. He favorably accepted all legally insufficient Motions filed by my Defendants; granted a bogus “Emergency Motion” filed by lawyer Murphy to quash my Subpoena – which is a direct violation of Court’s own rules which Judge Snyder has no intention to follow.
Judge Snyder always accepted all lawyer Murphy’s lies without any reprimands. For example, in March 2016 Murphy lied that my other defendant does not work for her client. Two months later, after I discovered that he continues to work for this company, lawyer Murphy lied that she did NOT tell that he does not work. Even Snyder laughed.
When my opponents ONCE followed the law and filed Sworn Affidavit from my Defendants – it was all based on false statements and perjuries. When I pointed it to judge Snyder – he paid zero attention.
Judge Snyder turned a blind eye to all legal malpractices committed by my Defendants’ well-connected lawyers, so it was absolutely clear whose side Judge Snyder took from the commencement of my case – more powerful and a better funded party. Similarly, like in cases mentioned above.