Chicago City Lawyer Quits Over Hiding Evidence In Police Shooting Case


A senior attorney in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration quit after a federal judge ruled that he intentionally concealed crucial evidence in a trial over a fatal Chicago police shooting and then lied about his reasons for doing so, reports the Chicago Tribune. The abrupt departure of Senior Corporation Counsel Jordan Marsh, who has worked for the city since 1997, was the latest black eye for the mayor’s office in the fallout over the city’s handling of police shootings. In overturning the jury’s verdict in a lawsuit brought by the family of Darius Pinex, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang imposed sanctions against the city and Marsh, ordering that they pay attorney’s fees to plaintiffs that likely will amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars before a retrial can take place.

“Attorneys who might be tempted to bury late-surfacing information need to know that, if discovered, any verdict they win will be forfeit and their clients will pay the price,” Chang wrote. “They need to know it is not worth it.” Chang faulted lax training and oversight at the city’s Law Department for hampering the production of records from the Chicago Police Department and other city agencies when officers are accused of misconduct. Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton said the city would “double down” on its efforts to train lawyers to produce records. He rejected the notion that recent sanctions pointed to systemic problems in his office.

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