If you are really, really interested in what happened in Judge Michael Caldwell’s courtroom on February 24, 2010, here’s where you can read the transcript that hasn’t already been posted on McHenry County Blog this week.
There were a couple of parts that jumped out at me.
- a somewhat irritated Judge Caldwell said, “Overruled. I know what it said. I wrote it,” in response to an objection raised by Township Trustees’ attorney Thomas DiCianni objected to the way Linda Moore attorney John Nelson characterized the Judge’s direction on how contracts were to be handled (about 30% into the transcript)
- “The problem is, is that the deal went down outside of the meeting. It went down outside of city hall or township hall. It went down when Mr. LaPorta cozied up with Mr. Brown and negotiated contract and presented a contract to the board as
a fait accompli,” Judge Caldwell observed, continuing, “It is not the way public bodies do business — and you know that,” talking over DiCianni (about half way through)
- “Don’t hold you breath,” the Judge said when asked about IT Solutions, adding, “Not going to happen. Contracts negotiated by Pam Fender do not stand on solid ground in front of me, number one…”
- “We would ask for sanctions,” DiCianni asked in his concluding remarks.