Minooka mayor sentenced in misdemeanor domestic battery case

Minooka's mayor was sentenced Monday to 12 months of court supervision and fined $300 after pleading guilty in a Will County court to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery against his estranged wife, ... Full Story
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Anonymous

Lisle, IL

#1 Jul 14, 2008
Very interesting how the mayor of Minooka can get court supervision for Domestic Battery in Illinois, when there is a State of Illinois mandate that court supervision CANNOT be given in any misdemeanor DV/DB case.

I think someone in a higher power should revisit this decision....
the dr

Aurora, IL

#3 Jul 14, 2008
Why is this battery, this is bs, he alledgedly grabbed her arm, bfd. I am sure it was a ploy on her part to help in the custody hearing. Women have way too much power in domestic court.
The hammer

Darien, IL

#4 Jul 15, 2008
Lasty time I checked Domestic battery of any kind was a felony
JRP

United States

#5 Jul 15, 2008
The hammer wrote:
Lasty time I checked Domestic battery of any kind was a felony
Grabbing her arm does not sounds like a felony-class act to me.

He got what seems like a fairly strict sentence for that, showed remorse, took responsibility, etc. He probably is now banned from owning a firearm, has a record, and suffered quite a bit of embarrassment. I am going to take a wild guess he is not a threat to society. Seems like justice was served, perhaps over-served.
Logical

Hickory Hills, IL

#6 Jul 15, 2008
Grabbing someone's arm is battery? Tsk!
Tom Terrific

Tinley Park, IL

#7 Jul 15, 2008
Domestic Battery is a Clas A misdemeanor for which supervision (like a 2nd DUI) is not allowed. My educated guess is that the charge was amended to simple battery for which supervision is a permissable sentence. From the story, this seems to have been done with the permission of the complainant. It sounds like a fairly standard disposition for a minor, first offense. he will not be allowed to own any firearms during the one year period and my thinking is that his political career is severely damaged, if not done.
Jayne

Chicago, IL

#8 Jul 15, 2008
I work in the Cook County domestic violence court and I want to stress that he would have had to also have a history of abuse coupled with the incident of grabbing for it to be accepted in criminal court. People are not chraged with domestic abuse soley on one incident of grabbing-it does not happen. The Tribune is soft selling this story-as usual. Doestiv violence is a pattern of abusive behviours including, but not limited to stalking, harrassment, physical abuse, threats, limitation of personal liberty, neglect etc. It is not a single incident.
Erin

Chicago, IL

#10 Jul 15, 2008
While I agree that the singular act of grabbing someone's arm shouldn't necessarily be considered "battery," Jayne's got it right - there had to have been a history of events leading up to this for him to have been charged.
Beatrix Kiddo

Valparaiso, IN

#11 Jul 15, 2008
Looooooong fall for these morality judges in the republican party. If one does not set oneself up as an example and judge of "good behavior" and "on God's side" the rest of us might feel some sympathy, rather than smug, when they fall.
Beatrix Kiddo

Valparaiso, IN

#12 Jul 15, 2008
Downstate Prosecutor

Champaign, IL

#13 Jul 15, 2008
I'm really curious to know whether the Trib got this story wrong, or if Will County prosecutors don't know that you can't get ct sup for domestic. My guess is the former.
Todd

Champaign, IL

#14 Jul 15, 2008
Actually Jayne only has it partially right. In IL, battery is defined as either making contact that causes injury OR making contact of an insulting or provoking nature. Depending on the situation and the rest of the facts, grabbing somebody's arm could be insulting or provoking (like if she's just trying to leave during an argument).

However, there is no requirement that there be a history of abuse in order for somebody to be charged. The State's Attorney's Office; however, does have wide discretion in charging or not charging cases, and may generally prefer not to charge unless there is a history of violence. This is more likely to be the cases in larger counties due to the larger workload.

And as previously stated, Court Supervision is not permissible for Domestic Battery (though it is for most other "domestic" related crimes). Court Supervision also does not create a criminal record since if you succesfully complete it, your case gets dismissed.
jlp

Wheaton, IL

#15 Jul 15, 2008
Jayne wrote:
I work in the Cook County domestic violence court and I want to stress that he would have had to also have a history of abuse coupled with the incident of grabbing for it to be accepted in criminal court. People are not chraged with domestic abuse soley on one incident of grabbing-it does not happen.
Yes, Jayne, it does. You are making the erroneous assumption that all prosecutors' offices have the same policies as the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.(Though considering the "must arrest" law in Illinois, I'd be surprised if there really is such a policy.) That's not the case. First time, single incidents of domestic battery are prosecuted all the time.
Chicago Bob

Arcola, IL

#16 Jul 15, 2008
jlp wrote:
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First time, single incidents of domestic battery are prosecuted all the time.
First time they were caught; never the first time it happened.
Engineering Screw Up

Springfield, WI

#18 Jul 16, 2008
Being a non-Briscoe fan it is big words when I say that she probably deserved it. When he campaigned against Gordon he was a smart ass but Mrs. Bris was an even bigger bit**. I almost voted for the poor bas(ard because I felt sorry for him having to put up with her. The Minooka Golden Boy has a cover up of his own that is bigger than any story of domestic matters. Ask about the screw up that cost us Minooka residents big bucks to fix and most didn't even know it.
Channahon

Channahon, IL

#19 Jul 17, 2008
This is not the first time for Briscoe. Isn't that obvious? The only ugly thing about his wife is the fact she stood beside him for way too long.
The truth

Des Plaines, IL

#20 Jul 17, 2008
Robert wrote:
His wife is ugly. I've met her. I'd commit battery against her too if I was stuck with her.
Well, you are obviously an idiot. His wife, actually, is beautiful. Many have commented her on it. Besides, you think someone is ugly, so that means you'd physically abuse them??? Real smart ROBERT. You must be a friend of Jason's to write ignorant things like this. People who know the couple KNOW who the ugly one is...and he's finally paying for it. We've seen the ugly things he's done in the past and and is doing in the present. People aren't as stupid as he'd like to think. True character ALWAYS shows through no matter how hard you try to hide it. He's made several slips at hiding it and this incident is just one example. For all of you who think he just grabbed her wrist, because the paper didn't go on to tell the rest of the story, there was more to it. Read today's Joliet Herald News article for the FULL story. And, this wasn't the first time she was physically abused. Don't write comments to articles you know nothing about who you are writing about or their situation. If you knew Jason, you wouldn't be shocked to read an article where he was charged with a crime. You'd be saying "Finally!"
Concerned

Des Plaines, IL

#21 Jul 17, 2008
Mark wrote:
This is Will county. Why didndn't he just off her and stuff her in a blue barrel?
God knows the police can't solve these types of vanishings.
Because she is a human being. Why are you cracking jokes about this??? She is someone's friend, daughter, sister, mother...Reading your comment is very disturbing and hurtful. NOT FUNNY! I know the couple and I don't like him, but I wouldn't wish for him to be "Offed and stuffed in a blue barrel". That's sick.
Concerned

Des Plaines, IL

#22 Jul 17, 2008
the dr wrote:
Why is this battery, this is bs, he alledgedly grabbed her arm, bfd. I am sure it was a ploy on her part to help in the custody hearing. Women have way too much power in domestic court.
You obviously don't know the couple, so don't write in comments about this aritcle. He didn't just "grab her arm". The paper didn't include all the details of what happened that night. Read today's Joliet Herald News to get the whole story since you're soooo interested. And, there is no custody hearing going on, therefore no ploy. Get your facts straight before you comment. You just make yourself look ignorant. That's typical of a egocentric male though, isn't it Dr???
Concerned

Des Plaines, IL

#23 Jul 17, 2008
JRP wrote:
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Grabbing her arm does not sounds like a felony-class act to me.
He got what seems like a fairly strict sentence for that, showed remorse, took responsibility, etc. He probably is now banned from owning a firearm, has a record, and suffered quite a bit of embarrassment. I am going to take a wild guess he is not a threat to society. Seems like justice was served, perhaps over-served.
Once again, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! He didn't just grab her arm. The paper didn't do a very good job of reporting this article because the incident was down played. He has a history of being abusive to his wife, and ex-girlfriends. His wife, on this night, felt threatened, once again by his temper. She went to the phone to call for help. He came at her enraged and grabbed and twisted the phone out of her hands. There were bruises left on her arm. This isn't the first time he has hurt her. He is physically and emotionally abusive. He didn't get a strict enough sentence! Why should someone have to live in fear of someone else continually abusing them? This is serious. He SHOULD be embarrassed. Very embarrassed. But he's not. He doesn't show remorse. He dosn't know how to be remorseful because he thinks anything he does is right. He keeps on being abusive. Mostly emotionally abusive now because his butt is being watched too closely to be physically abusive. If you know him and you still made the comments you did, then shame on you. Either he has the wool pulled over your eyes or you are just an idiot. I'm sorry, but this makes me sick to think someone who knows him actually supports what he does. Melissa is the nicest person and has been manipulated too long by him. Everyone, besides his family and "friends", support HER in finally getting away from him. He's bad news people. Most of the town of Minooka, where he is mayor, don't like him. Doesn't that say something?

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