Lawyers in Chicago are mystified by the actions of Cook County Associate Judge Mark Lopez, who jailed lawyer Nancy Murphy for an unknown offense. Murphy says that she had simply drafted an order and, after giving it to Lopez, was thrown into jail where she was verbally abused by Cook County jail guards and left overnight in a filthy cell.
What is particularly odd is that Lopez did not reportedly state the reason for the confinement or explain what on the document was so outrageous to warrant jail time. If Murphy’s account is accurate, Lopez should not remain on the bench for such a serious abuse.
Murphy’s allegation of being verbally abused by jail guards and called a “crack whore” should be equally investigated. For some reason, this stories describing filthy conditions in jail and abusive guards are treated as natural as the weather. There are a great number of people looking for jobs today. If you cannot serve as a guard and refrain from such abuse, it is time to give some else the opportunity. Likewise, if a jail cannot maintain clean conditions, officials in charge need to be given positions with less responsibility.
The priority, however, remains with Lopez who needs to give a clear explanation for this order.
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