I spent another tiring day in Judge Michael T. Caldwell’s McHenry County courtroom today watching (more listening to) more witnesses in the Grafton Township separation of powers trial.
I didn’t have time to write anything about last Thursday’s morning session. Not like the blow-by-blow I wrote about Wednesday’s hearing. Getting ready to head off to Springfield for a long (rainy) weekend took my time.
I’ve been reflecting on what Linda Moore said and how she said it and the judge’s reaction to that when Ancel Glink litigator Thomas G. DiCianni asked him to direct Moore to answer his questions more directly than she had.
After about an hour of questions last Thursday during which Moore was not giving “Yes” or “No” answers, DiCianni asked the judge to direct Moore to answer his questions.
Caldwell, visibly disturbed, observed,
“She hasn’t answered a question directly since cross examination began.”
After that admonition, Moore became less loquacious.
Today, Huntley Village Trustee Pam Fender was on the stand talking about that job and her new one as Grafton Township Administrator.
“This is so childish,” Fender added to an answer to what happened between her and Moore after the end of March court hearing that put Moore back in her old offices.
“This is the third time this has happened. Do not make any statements of opinion,”
the judge admonished.
The third politician to receive harsh words from the judge was Township Trustee Rob LaPorta.
“Mr. LaPorta. Simply answer the question and stop the verbal jousting, the back and forth,”
the judge said.
So, politicians on both sides of the Grafton Township political fence appear to have a similar problem.
Each wants to explain her or his position, whether the question calls for such an explanation or not.
Perhaps that is a function of being a politician.