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Ex-colleague seeks to bar from ballot judge guilty of fraud

August 22, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge convicted of fraud who has been fighting an effort to remove her from the bench is now facing an effort to remove her from the November ballot.

A federal jury on Feb. 15 convicted Judge Jessica O’Brien of fraudulently obtaining mortgages for Chicago investment properties and illegally pocketing more than $300,000.

O’Brien remains on the bench, though she is no longer performing any judicial duties. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for fall.

O’Brien filed paperwork last spring seeking retention in November. The state board of elections is set to certify the ballot, including her name, on Friday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports retired Cook County Judge George Scully asked the Illinois Supreme Court last month to remove O’Brien from the ballot. He notes O’Brien’s law license has been suspended.

O’Brien’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, accused Scully of trying to “hijack” other proceedings.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/

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