ANDY MARTIN: Sangamon County Judge Peter C Cavanaugh accused of political bias, corruption
Illinois corruption-fighter Andy Martin has filed a petition with the Circuit Court of Sangamon County, Illinois accusing politically-appointed Judge Peter C Cavanaugh of being biased and linked to the same corrupt elements in the Republican Party that Martin is trying to defeat. Martin is preparing to open a new blog exposing judicial corruption in Illinois’ capital city. “Illinois government is marinated in corruption and conflicts of interest,” Martin says. “Political patronage, nepotism, and cash-and-carry justice in the executive branch, courts and legislature are a disgrace, but explain Illinois’ decline to Third World status.”
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR THE SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS
CASE NO. 2010-CH-786
JOHN FOGARTY, JR.,
SHARON ANN MERONI,
STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS,
JOHN DOE, JANE ROE,
BARBARA B. GOODMAN,
PLAINTIFF’S PETITION FOR SUBSTITUTION OF JUDGE FOR CAUSE
Plaintiff respectfully moves the Court for substitution of judge for cause and states:
1. Legal authority
a. This motion is filed pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 63 (A)(3)(4) and (C)(1); the U. S. Constitution, applicable to federal candidates, Caperton v. A. T. Massey, 556 U. S. ____, 129 S. Ct. 2252 and § 735 ILCS 5/2-1001 (a)(3).
2. Factual basis for recusal
a. I am a Republican insurgent who is now fighting corruption in the Republican Party as an anti-“Republican machine” candidate. Sangamon County is a hotbed of Republican Party corruption and double-dealing, known as “Combine” politics.
b. I appeared before Judge Cavanaugh on July 23, 2010 and was treated as rudely and unprofessionally as I have ever been treated in almost any court in decades.
c. Local lawyer Terry Corrigan had filed papers on July 22nd, but made no effort to serve me despite the fact he was appearing in court the next day. Despite my complete lack of notice, Judge Cavanaugh proceeded to address Corrigan’s issues without giving me any opportunity to prepare a detailed response.
d. Although the record or tape thereof will reflect that I could not have been more respectful to Judge Cavanaugh, he could not have appeared more prejudiced or hostile. If my memory serves me correctly, he told me how things were done “in Illinois.” He effectively chastised me for exposing corruption in the Republican Party because I used sharp language to describe obviously corrupt practices of “Republican lawyers” (defendants Fogarty and Sheahan herein) before the State Board of Elections.
e. Mr. Corrigan’s papers were insulting and incompetent in the extreme. Judge Cavanaugh made no effort to admonish Corrigan to conduct himself professionally. Even when I cited the law to the Court in my Memorandum of Law, Corrigan had no idea what he was doing and relied on rejected legal theories to confuse the record. Corrigan’s personal attacks were beneath the dignity of the Court. I will avoid the temptation to further characterize Corrigan’s unseemly behavior.
f. Judge Cavanaugh was completely one-sided, tolerating abusive conduct by a local lawyer and expressing unmitigated hostility for a corruption-fighting Republican reformer.
g. Even though I had calendared a Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint, Judge Cavanaugh refused to address my motion and told me to “do what I had to do” or words to that effect. In over forty years in Illinois courts, I have never once known a circuit judge to refuse to allow the filing of an amended complaint when a lawsuit is dismissed without notice to the Plaintiff. Judge Cavanaugh’s lack of judicial demeanor and courtesy were startling.
h. Judge Cavanaugh allowed a complete buffoon, atheist Robert Sherman, to make a joke of the proceedings by bragging of Sherman’s ties to Combine Governor Pat Quinn and to brandish Sherman’s “pen” from the Governor, none of which had any relevance to the res gestae. Sherman was not admonished or limited in any way as Sherman blabbered on.
3. Subsequent due diligence
a. Before filing this motion I performed additional due diligence to document my claims of bias and lack of judicial demeanor on the part of Judge Cavanaugh.
b. I learned that Judge Cavanaugh has made political contributions to my opposing party factions and candidates, the Sangamon County Republican Party which I am working to reform, see attached excerpts.
c. Judge Cavanaugh was a patronage appointment of someone to the circuit bench, and is now running unopposed for election as a Republican. Based on my 45 years of political experience in this state, and long familiarity with Sangamon County politics, I find an unopposed minority party judicial candidate to be highly suspicious.
d. The local newspaper has commented on Judge Cavanaugh’s actions in a controversial judicial corruption case which the paper characterized as part of the “deep perception in this community of cronyism and favoritism…”, see attached.
e. Although nonpartisan candidates are allowed to appear before partisan groups, Judge Cavanaugh’s relationship to the Sangamon County Republican Network (see attached) appears to be more extensive than a mere appearance.
a. I do not believe any “reasonable person” who observed the July 23rd hearing would have believed anything but that Judge Cavanaugh was biased against me.
b. I believe there is overwhelming cause to request Judge Cavanaugh’s immediate substitution.
c. Because this is an election case and there are time constrains on the State Board of Elections as well as the Plaintiff, Judge Cavanaugh should be substituted out immediately.
DATED: July 29, 2010
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I certify I have served, the defendants either at the fax numbers or email addresses known for them (primarily email addresses; fax numbers are only used when there is no email address):
Donna/Andrew Heffernan: 3931 Scoville Ave., Stickney, IL 60402
John Fogarty: fax (773) 681-7147
Sharon Meroni: One Surrey Lane, Barrington Hills, IL 60010
Robert Sherman: 778 Stonebridge Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
State Board of Elections: (217) 782-5959; (312) 814-6485
Mark Kirk: fax (847) 559-2940
Philip Krasny: fax (State Board of Elections)
Brien Sheahan: fax (630) (866) 796-5676
Barbara Goodman: fax (224 330-1356
Terry Corrigan, Esq. fax (217) 524-5091
on July 29, 2010