CROWN POINT — A Lake Criminal Court judge gave former Lake County councilman a dressing down Thursday for not dressing up for his appearance before her.
Jamal Washington's attorney, Michael Lambert, filed several motions, including one requesting a special judge be appointed, but Judge Diane Boswell refused to hear Washington's case until next week.
"Mr. Washington has been here enough to know he needs to have on a collared shirt, so we're going to give you another day," Boswell said.
Washington, who was wearing a white knit and velour sweater and jeans, is asking for a special judge in his latest domestic battery case because of his former role on the county council. He's free on a $5,000 bond.
Washington, 45, was charged in February with five felony counts, including confinement and domestic battery, in connection with his alleged attack on Gary Councilwoman Lavetta Sparks-Wade.
He pleaded guilty in 2016 to battering his wife, and was convicted of misdemeanor battery in November after assaulting his 24-year-old female cousin.
Washington was tossed off the ballot for an at-large Gary City Council seat in February because he had not lived in Gary long enough.
Before his arrest Jan. 30, he had been staying with Sparks-Wade, whom he is accused of beating and threatening to kill during a 16-hour ordeal.
Besides the motion for a special judge, Lambert filed motions to release property and produce evidence.
A list of property Washington wants returned to him includes gaming monitors and computers, recording equipment, six suit jackets, several pairs of dress pants, two smoking jackets and more.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Arnold told Boswell she had addressed the issue regarding the release of Washington's property with Washington's previous attorney, public defender Thomas Mullins.
Boswell said she would address the matter and Washington's other motions at his next hearing, which is set for Tuesday.