I spent the day in Rockford’s new Federal Courthouse.
Good looking building, completed by the General Services Administration only about a year and a half behind schedule with the last repair being the installation of a new air conditioner on the new roof, according to the guards the last time around.
The big problem with the facility is there is no place for court parking.
The next door garage is being repaired. So, if you don’t have a permit, forget it.
One used to be able to park there for the day for well under $10.
There are all sorts of two-hour parking spaces.
So, what do you do when you’re in the courtroom of a conscientious Judge like Frederick Kapala?
He doesn’t give attorneys and spectators a break every two hours to go move cars from one space to another space.
He keeps right on working.
After the hearing, I was told by Rockford attorney John Nelson that the parking fine is $20.
He pointed out that by Chicago standards that might not sound outrageous, but it is considered so in Rockford.
So what does the title of this article mean?
There were two witnesses Tuesday in Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler’s wrongful termination suit.
The first was Seipler attorney Blake Horwitz.
He was on the stand three-fourths of the day being grilled by James Sotos and Horwitz associate Dan Dorfman.
The second was Nelson, who has twice acted as Rose Seipler’s attorney in this case.
The testimony of those two got us past 5PM, when the parking spaces are not limited to two hour shifts.
I managed to get through the day without a parking ticket.
Nelson had been waiting twelve hours to testify as questioning of Zane Seipler dragged on and on and on and on.
He finally got his chance today, but there are six more witnesses scheduled by Blake Horwitz for the next hearing at the end of August:
- Scott Milliman (who has also been waiting outside the courtroom for five court days)
- James Sotos (Sheriff Keith Nygren’s Department’s chief defense attorney)
- Blake Horwitz (Zane Seipler’s attorney)
- Zane Seipler
- Rose Seipler
- Dennis Giovanni (Rose Seipler’s current attorney)
If you are intrigued with attorney-client privilege, legal ethics, conflict of interest, timelines of what an attorney knew when, computer addresses of blogs, etc., this courtroom was for you.
After Nelson finished testifying, he told me that by being in Rockford in the morning I had missed Judge Thomas Meyer’s ordering all the attorneys in the Grafton Township Assessor v. Supervisor Linda Moore case be paid.
Those will include Nelson, Mike Poper and Ancel Glink for the Trustees, the latter at the suggestion of Judge Meyer.