From The Center Square:
Motion: Pritzker’s campaign donations grounds for justices’ recusal in challenge to Illinois’ gun ban
(The Center Square) – Because of “unreasonably large campaign contributions” to then-candidates now sitting justices on the Illinois Supreme Court from lead defendants in the case challenging the state’s gun ban, plaintiffs are seeking recusal.
Gov. J.B. Pritkzer signed the ban on more than 170 semi-automatic firearms and magazines over certain capacities Jan. 10. Lawsuits were then filed in federal- and state-level courts challenging the constitutionality of the ban.
In a Macon County case brought by state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, a circuit court judge issued a final judgment that the law is unconstitutional.
Because the appellate court already declared a similar challenge of the law on the grounds of equal protection violations had a likelihood of success, the state appealed directly to the Illinois Supreme Court, which accepted the case.
Before they were elected to the state’s high court, then-justice candidates
- Mary O’Brien and
- Elizabeth Rochford
received $1 million each from Gov. J.B. Pritzker before the November 2022 election.
They also each received six-figure donations from Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside.
Now on the bench of seven justices, the justices are set to hear a challenge out of the Macon County case.
Caulkins’ attorney Jerry Stocks filed a motion Thursday for the justice to recuse themselves because of “unreasonably large campaign contributions” from Pritzker and Welch that “undermine public confidence” in the judiciary.
Asked in early March if the justices should recuse themselves because of the donations, Pritzker said that’s “ridiculous.”
“And these are independent judges and they didn’t go around and campaign on things that they thought would win my support for them,” Pritzker said when asked by The Center Square.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers a question Wednesday in Springfield about his campaign donations to Illinois Supreme Court candidates Greg Bishop / The Center Square, BlueRoomStream
Stocks argues the justices campaigned on supporting a ban on semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. The motion filed Thursday notes that “each candidate voiced their support of [gun control] organizations’ top legislative priority: banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in Illinois.”
Also from the recusal motion: “The Justices were two of the G-PAC endorsed candidates that won the 2022 General Election with the support of G-PAC and Giffords PAC. The organizations claimed that they were heavily involved in delivering victories in many contested races. To earn the endorsement of G-PAC and Giffords PAC, each candidate voiced their support of the organizations’ top legislative priority: banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in Illinois. Looking toward veto and lame duck session before the 103rd General Assembly is sworn in this coming January, the gun violence prevention movement will be forcefully advocating to pass the measure into law.”
More than a week after initially responding to whether the justices should recuse themselves, Pritzker on March 15 again defended the high-dollar donations.
“So, the conflicts that have been alleged are just false,” Pritzker said.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker in Springfield on March 15State of Illinois
It’s unclear when a decision on recusal will be made. The case is set to be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court in mid-May.
Fatboy wants to be [s]elected pResident next.
It all ends with this banana republic indictment and people that think they are Rs and vote for DeSantis will prove what fools live in this state.
Don’t get me going on corrupt [s]elections run by our integrity challenged IL Board of Elections
I’m not voting for Trump.
A well informed voter aren’t you Monk? How many bongs are you up to today with your wake and bake butt buddy Twinkie?
I’m very well informed. Lifelong Republican, well more than 30 years of being a campaign worker, precinct captain, election judge, etc, etc.
Missed voting in only one election in 60+ years.
^ 50 plus
Well if that’s the case Monk, identify as an IL RINO that just needs the media to stop saying Trump Trump Trump. I hope you understand you are a psy op’d dope addled fool. You do realize DeSantis before becoming governor was a crooked swamp rat.
Please keep imparting your dope addled intelligence on the masses. Don’t worry IL doesn’t count due to corruption. Your useless vote in the primary is appreciated.
As long as you call yourself a fRITO.
I want 24 hour Trump. The more Trump, the more irritating he’ll become.
Got it Monk. Thanks for admitting you are psy op’d. You’ll never get it. Go stare at your lava lamp sport. Your bong is calling you.
PS….Fritos aren’t good for you. Keep eating those Trans fat products.
Here’ Monk let’s light the fuse on your head exploding shall we? LOL
And Monk, why is the orange man bad again? Can you read? Tell us what he did wrong sport.
You clutch your DeSantis bobble head. Prove the fool we already know you are. Gold Rush is on Discovery tonight. You should DVR it. Why is China only doing transactions in the Yuan? Maybe JB can help you understand it.
One more thing. Why are there no banks in Russia collapsing? Just curious for your dope addled insight.
Wow, you better get to Russia fast! It’s so wonderful there! A utopia.
When a dope addled fool posts. That would be you Monk. DeSantis will bring you to your impaired utopia.
Ever notice Illinois has towns called Boody, Goofy Ridge and Muddy?
While Texas has a Point Blank, Cut and Shoot and a Gun Barrel City.
I guess Woodstock could have been pretty cool, but look what you did to it?
Monk is a little liar.
What have I lied about?
You being a Republican and pct cpt.
ID yourself faker!
Heh heh, go groom kiddies at your queer bakery…… while you can.
A bunch of sleazy jews ~~ Including Fatty Pritzker!
Red, Pritzkers are sick liberal elites. The family includes a cross dresser and a pedophile.
What’s in JBs closet?
Oh that’s right, toilets.
What’s in JT’s closet? Divorce papers, a vintage vette hat, stack of easyrider mags, and abe?
JT? You forgot to mention their long history of them being the crime syndicate of Chicago. It’s the whole reason he was placed in the position he now thinks he holds. Also why he pays zero attention to any reprimand from judicial. He is untouchable.
I can’t share how I know how corrupt they are Cindy. It involves a family member. Best thing is that the prickster family lost in the end. I’ve had a similar experience dealing with jew VCs. Not Pricksters. These were St Louis jews.
Watch the 14m video I posted under the Connie Cain thread and Enjoy The Show. Things are heating up. NCSWIC except people that are awake.
I had a feeling you were a big mouth short legged little dago, shortshanks.