CHICAGO | A Cook County judge may decide next month if members of Lynwood's Police and Fire Board are in contempt of court for their refusal to comply with several rulings saying they overreacted when they dismissed a police officer whose squad car was stolen by a criminal suspect.
Judge Mary L. Mikva was asked Wednesday by attorneys for former police Officer Joseph Marigliano to make such a judgment now and rule the Police Board members are in contempt of court.
Instead, Mikva said she would go along with a request by the Police Board's attorney, Timothy Lapp, to file a written legal brief explaining the board's actions. That brief must be submitted to Mikva by July 7, with a hearing at her Daley Center courtroom on July 9 to determine its validity.
Marigliano attorney Christopher Cooper argued in court that Mikva should rule now because the issue of whether Marigliano should be reinstated to the Police Department has been ongoing for months.
But Mikva said she'll give Lapp the time he wants to make his argument. She added that while she has said in the past that Lynwood should not have dismissed Marigliano for the December 2012 incident, she's not sure what the outcome of this lawsuit should be.
"I don't know how to proceed here," she said.
Mikva also rejected a request by Cooper that she issue an order requiring the Police Board members to be present for the next court hearing. The judge said she thought it sufficient their attorney, Lapp, was present.
"I would like to hear from them why they won't comply," said Mikva, while adding that having them hauled into court by the Cook County sheriff's police might be overstepping her bounds. "I'm not sure that's appropriate."