Anthony Abbate – 2nd Status Hearing & Recap

The second status hearing for Anthony Abbate was held this morning at 10am. Here is a wrap up of the few key decisions made:

  • Anthony Abbate has filed an appeal to overturn his criminal conviction. An appeal could affect the use of the   criminal conviction in the police review board trial. The prosecution has been given 14 days to draft a legal memo re: employment discharge in case of an appeal of criminal conviction.
  • The appeal is still pending, thus no details are available to the public at this time.
  • For now the trial date has been set for November 16, 17, and 23rd at 10am. However, the judge wants to reconvene October 1st for another status hearing to discuss the appeal or the possibility of Abbate’s voluntary resignation. There is a possibility that after discussion with the board, the judge may decide to delay the trial until December.

Just to show how frustrating this process has been, let’s take a look at the timeline of this case.   Anthony Abbate, a criminal and a cop, has been employed by the Chicago Police Department for 2 ½ years since he committed a felony. What does it take to fire a police officer who has clearly broken the law?

February 2007 – Anthony Abbate viciously attacks Karolina Obrycka. The beating is recorded by a security camera.

June 1, 2009 – Anthony Abbate appears in court; he is charged with aggravated battery in a public place, official misconduct, intimidation and communicating with a witness. His defense lawyer claims “She grabbed him and she tossed him around … like a rag doll.”

June 2, 2009 – Judge John Fleming convicts Anthony Abbate of felony aggravated battery but dismisses all other charges. With this conviction, he faces up to 5 years in prison.

June 23, 2009 – Judge John Fleming sentences Abbate to 2 years of probation and anger management classes.

July 7, 2009 – First Police Review Board Status Hearing.

August 19, 2009 – Second Police Review Board Status Hearing.

October 1, 2009 – Third Police Review Board Status Hearing

November 16, 2009 – Possible Trial

New Illinois Domestic Violence, Stalking Laws

Advocates praise new domestic violence, stalking laws

Two new state laws strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence and stalking were welcomed today by advocates who have long complained that Illinois does too little to stop these crimes.

Under existing law, stalking victims are unable to obtain an order of protection unless they have a domestic relationship with the stalker or have suffered an attack.

Beginning Jan. 1, a victim will be able to secure an order of protection against anyone who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engages in repeated and unwanted contact with them or with a member of their immediate family or household. Victims must prove they are alarmed or experience reasonable apprehension regarding their safety or the safety of family members.

A second law requires that parolees accused of domestic violence be automatically arrested for violating their parole.

It also doubles to 4 years the mandatory supervised release term for a number of domestic crimes and requires 40 hours of domestic violence training for parole officers handing offenders convicted of domestic violence felonies.

Read the rest of this Chicago Tribune article here.

Tonight! – Chicago NOW Open House

Chicago NOW Open House

@ EP Theater

A Celebration of Feminist Art

Please Join Us for the Chicago NOW Open House!  Meet the board members and discuss how you can get involved!

We will be talking about the Abbate Case along with our key issues:  Ending Violence Against Women, Reproductive Justice, Economic Equity, LGBTQ Rights and Women’s Health

Featured Artists:
Deva Suckerman – Monica J Brown – Angela Komperda – Soni Sinha

Friday Featured Musicians:
Deanna Devore – Michelle Morales – The Lost Cartographers

Saturday Featured Musicians:
Jess Yoakum– Martha Berner – Heather Perry – Rachele Eve

And Many More!

1820 S. Halsted
Enter in Back

July 10th – 7 to 10pm
July 11th – 4 to 7pm

Free!

Stay Late Friday for the Days Off CD Release Show!
Email cnow.choice@gmail.com w/ questions

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,