Chicago Council of Lawyers '96 Evaluation: Fleming Not Qualified

Evaluation
3/96 Primary Election, Circuit Court: Not Qualified
John J. Fleming, 40, has been practicing law for 14 years. He is currently Director of Administrative Adjudication, Administrative Hearings, for the City of Chicago. He spent one year as a solo practitioner and three years with the Chicago Park District as Deputy General Attorney, Litigation Supervisor. He was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney for eight years. We have received significant reports that Mr. Fleming lacks a responsible attitude and good judgment in his work. The Council finds him Not qualified.

Make Sure Abbate is Fired – Contact the Mayor and the Police Board

Write, fax, and call the Chicago Police Board and the Mayor’s Office.

Office of the Mayor
City Hall – 121 N. LaSalle, Room 507
Chicago, IL 60602

Facsimile: 312-744-8045

Chicago Police Board:
Address: 30 North LaSalle Street
Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602

Telephone: (312) 742-4194
Facsimile: (312) 742-4193

To Whom it May Concern,

Anthony Abbate is a disgrace to the Chicago Police Department. He is now a convicted criminal and should not be allowed to continue patrolling our streets. He has violated the trust of every citizen in this city.

I am outraged by his lenient sentence and I am urging you to dismiss Anthony Abbate at his July 7th hearing.

Best Regards,

Express Yourself – Contact the Cook County Circuit Court

Until we can get you in touch with Cook County Circuit Court Judge Fleming, let’s start writing and calling the Cook County Circuit Court.

Remember, we will not bend down to Anthony Abbate’s level. Please try to remain civil in all of your letters and phone calls. We do not condone any unsavory rhetoric.

Dorothy Brown
Clerk of Circuit Court
Richard J. Daley Center, Room 1001
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-603-5031

Public Information Office
Media Relations
Richard J. Daley Center, Room 1001
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-603-5690

Dennis McNamara
Executive Clerk for Court Operations
Richard J. Daley Center, Room 1001
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-603-5400

Gail Lutz
Executive Clerk for Public Policy
Richard J. Daley Center, Room 1001
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-603-5039

This is Unacceptable

From the Chicago Tribune:

A Chicago police officer was sentenced to two years probation today for pummeling a woman who was tending bar.

Anthony Abbate — who declined to say anything to the judge before he was sentenced — could have gotten up to five years for beating Karolina Obrycka in February of 2007. The attack was captured by the bar’s security camera and the video was shown around the world.

Judge John Fleming said he decided against jail time, explaining he did not believe the crime was serious enough and that throwing Abbate in prison would not be a deterrent to others.

“If I believed that sending Anthony Abbate to prison would stop people from getting drunk and hitting other people, I’d sentence him to the maximum,” the judge said. “But I don’t believe that is the case.”

Fleming also imposed a curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Abbate. The cop must also attend anger management classes, undergo alcohol evaluation and perform 130 hours of community service.

Fleming said he would like Abbate to perform the service in a homeless shelter.

Judge John Fleming and the City of Chicago should be ashamed.

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women does not accept the lenient sentence handed down to Anthony Abbate today by Judge John Fleming. We strongly believe that anyone, especially police officers, who commit acts of violence against women should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. In addition, Chicago NOW demands that the members of the Police Board vote to fire Anthony Abbate. If John Fleming chooses to run again for his circuit court seat, we will commit ourselves to doing everything within our power to make sure that he is not re-elected.

If you’re interested in getting involved, contact cnowweb@yahoo.com

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More From the Chicago Tribune:

The police department is seeking to have Abbate fired, and the Independent Police Review Authority has recommended that he be dismissed, according to Supt. Jody Weis. The case is up before the Police Board on July 7.

Contact the Police Board and let them know that Anthony Abbate should be fired!
Chicago Police Board:
Telephone: (312) 742-4194
Facsimile: (312) 742-4193