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Activists Blast 2 Judges For Bails That Are Too High

November 13, 2018 - 3:37 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A community group is asking the chief judge in Cook County to re-assign two judges because the group says those judges set bail that is unaffordable.

It was the summer of 2017 when Chief Judge Timothy Evans ordered judges to set bonds that are affordable for defendants who don't pose a threat.

Now a group of activists says two judges -- Judge Michael Clancy and Judge John Lyke -- have not been following that order.

One the activists' leaders, Ab Weeks, spoke with reporters after activists met with Judge Evans Tuesday.

"And we asked multiple times whether Judge Evans would be doing anything to hold them further accountable, and other than the meetings that he's had with them already, we got no actual answers to things that he would do moving forward.”

Weeks says 2,500 people are now in Cook County Jail on unaffordable bonds; the activists want them released.

Chief Judge Evans' office sent WBBM a statement: "Of the 2,582 defendants in jail on d-bonds (monetary bond) as of October 31, 71 percent had a top charge of violence, weapons or a person-related charge.  And only 25 percent had filed a motion for a bond reduction."

WBBM has asked Judge Clancy and Judge Lyke for comment.