Caring eyes focus on domestic violenc...

Caring eyes focus on domestic violence court

There are 62 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 4, 2009, titled Caring eyes focus on domestic violence court. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

They do their work in silence. They sit, watch, listen and write. When they speak up, their voices carry.

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taco

Bloomington, IL

#44 Aug 15, 2010
She is the even more stupid and dumber version of Roseanne Roseannadanna, unqualified and totaly lazy, a joke and hated by all her peers, likes to continue cases so she can get out doing any real work
Natalie

Darien, IL

#45 Aug 17, 2010
I am saddened and angered by the Cook County Justice System regarding Domestic Court. Judge Cleveland Bernstein didn't even want to see my face with an order of protection against the man I legally married who is basically just a sperm donor to the 4 year old daughter I had with him. I have my Masters degree in Human Services and have been practicing in the counseling profession for 20 years. She doesn't know that because she told my attorney that "every one says" what I said and I guess no one is ever credible. I have an 18 year old daughter with my first husband and he has been always a significant parent and part of her life and I'm grateful for that. He isn't a drug dealer, drug user, alcoholic and/or abusive. But my four year old daughter's father is. Judge Cleveland Brown swiftly decided, without seeing either me or or her father, that he should have unsupervised visits. I am in danger, she is in danger. And all he wants, I think, is to not have to pay child support, see her once a month, and call her whenever he feels like it, oh and he would love to see me continue to suffer. That makes him smile like a little school girl. He told me he had his Associates degree when we married. A week before I very painfully and tearfully had him served with an order of protection, his father told me that this "husband" of mine had dropped out of High School in the 10th grade. He doesn't remember how old I am and we're 3 weeks apart in age. I only met his mother once for 5 minutes in 2004 and she lived 5 minutes from us and never met her granddaughter, our child. But these Cook County judges I've been "judged" by, have not asked nor do they care about the details. Now my potty trained 4 year old is pooping her pants after stopping 9 months ago, a month after he was served with the OP. Why does the Cook County domestic system think that because one mothers or fathers a child, best thing is to keep that relationship going full force without question?
disgusted lawyer

Chicago, IL

#46 Feb 2, 2011
I agree with Vic wholeheartedly. If, as a litigant or attorney you draw Judge Leida Gonzalez-Santiago get a Motion to Substitute Judges on file fast. You's be better off having a martian hear you case. She's definitely from another planet where the rules of evidence and laws don't apply. She missed her calling. She really should have gone into acting. The eyerolling, faces, dramatic speeches and personal comments are so unprofessional, unless you are a drama queen. Stealth Judge, elected on the strength of her name only. No wonder they call us Crook County. What a disgrace to the bench this one is. Unless of course you are one of the lawyers she glad hands with, then you are golden and can accomplish amazing things for people, whether they deserve it or not. DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILDREN IN HER HANDS
santago

Bloomington, IL

#47 May 5, 2011
stupid, married to a criminal, slow and lazy is her way
alvin

Watertown, WI

#48 May 6, 2011
poor cats dont have any rights,lets protest.
bruce

Watertown, WI

#49 May 6, 2011
lots of violance aganst cats,lets protect the cats ,forget the woman.
bruce

Watertown, WI

#50 May 6, 2011
like too know when the funeral is for dutch,i wana be a funerial director.
Distraught Mom Chicago

Oak Forest, IL

#51 Jan 4, 2012
Can we mobilize and get Obama's attention? Maury Povich? Dr.Phil? If she is as politically connected as I am hearing we will need someone outside of the law/political field. Pam Zechman of Channel 2? Chuck Goudy of channel 7? Yeah that's it! who knows how to get Chuck Goudy? This friday she has promised to preside over a predetermined court session wherein she will give residential custody of my son to my ex-husband. She never allowed me to tell her or show how the court records of abuse. She feels sorry for him because he is physically disabled. He plays on it. I know because he sends taunting messages through my kids. HELP ME PLEASE. I LOVE MY SON SO MUCH. If he gets custody he will continue to use my son to harrass and abuse me. I can't afford an attorney.
Distraught Mom Chicago

Oak Forest, IL

#52 Jan 4, 2012
disgusted lawyer wrote:
I agree with Vic wholeheartedly. If, as a litigant or attorney you draw Judge Leida Gonzalez-Santiago get a Motion to Substitute Judges on file fast. You's be better off having a martian hear you case. She's definitely from another planet where the rules of evidence and laws don't apply. She missed her calling. She really should have gone into acting. The eyerolling, faces, dramatic speeches and personal comments are so unprofessional, unless you are a drama queen. Stealth Judge, elected on the strength of her name only. No wonder they call us Crook County. What a disgrace to the bench this one is. Unless of course you are one of the lawyers she glad hands with, then you are golden and can accomplish amazing things for people, whether they deserve it or not. DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILDREN IN HER HANDS
Please read my post. What should I do. She told me she is going to give custody of my son to my ex but she hasn't heard the evidence yet? Can I appeal?
Remove Santiago Now

United States

#53 Jun 21, 2012
disgusted lawyer wrote:
If, as a litigant or attorney you draw Judge Leida Gonzalez-Santiago get a Motion to Substitute Judges on file fast. You'd be better off having a martian hear you case. She's definitely from another planet where the rules of evidence and laws don't apply.
Totally agree. And if you have an overconfident lawyer who says "I know Santiago, I can handle her" - don't believe it! No lawyer's skill can move a hack judge - because legal facts and logic don't apply. Santiago has issues with consistency of her decisions and ability to defend them, either by prior case law or by any application of factual information, fairness or common sense, and has contributed greatly to the damaged reputation of the Cook County court system. When presented with evidence that an error had been made in a legal document, her response was that she had already made a decision based on the erroneous information, and therefore her decision stands. When presented with case law relevant to a decision, she ignored it and instead relied on her own personal experience to form an opinion.

Matters dealing with simple mathematical computation are beyond her - she does not want to be bothered with adding and subtracting, and sides with whoever presents a more emotional plea. She does not hold parties accountable for statements that may be fraudulent or do not "add up". Once she decides one party is more sympathetic, she sticks with that decision and reviews evidence selectively to support her pre-made conclusion. She also abandons her own prior rulings to avoid taking responsibility for re-reviewing potentially ambiguous or contradictory documentation. Documentation that is lacking clarity and containing so many hand edits as to be indecipherable is allowed to stand and be entered into record, even though it cannot be complied with as written.

Based on this and other comments made, and her prior removal, Judge Santiago should not be allowed to serve in Cook County. Why she is still on the bench is beyond me.
concerned citizen

Chicago, IL

#54 Oct 13, 2012
I sat through 4 court cases and I had heard enough by the first two sentences out of Judge Leida Gonzalez-Santiago's mouth. Not only is this judge unfair and extremely unjust, but she is also disgusting and vulgar. She shows preferential treatment based on which attorney she "likes" better and follows the preferential treatment all the way through the trial. I fear for the children who's lives are impacted by the judgements in her trials. I have lost all faith in the court system. I have also lost all faith in the governing associations that allow this to happen. All nine Bar Associations, Chicago City Council of Lawyers, Cook County Bar Association, etc. etc. etc. know about the problems in her courtroom and they are allowing it to continue. I can only hope that someday soon, one of her poor "judgements" will get the attention it deserves so it will put an end to this corruption. Regardless of her political affiliations and connections, this judge needs to be taken out of the courtroom. Immediately. Before any other child's life is impacted by her decisions.
This judge needs to be held accountable for her actions. Allow video cameras in her courtroom. If the public and news media caught wind of what is going on in her courtroom, that would put an end to it.
another disgusted lawyer

Chicago, IL

#55 Oct 13, 2012
disgusted lawyer wrote:
I agree with Vic wholeheartedly. If, as a litigant or attorney you draw Judge Leida Gonzalez-Santiago get a Motion to Substitute Judges on file fast. You's be better off having a martian hear you case. She's definitely from another planet where the rules of evidence and laws don't apply. She missed her calling. She really should have gone into acting. The eyerolling, faces, dramatic speeches and personal comments are so unprofessional, unless you are a drama queen. Stealth Judge, elected on the strength of her name only. No wonder they call us Crook County. What a disgrace to the bench this one is. Unless of course you are one of the lawyers she glad hands with, then you are golden and can accomplish amazing things for people, whether they deserve it or not. DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILDREN IN HER HANDS
Do you know the names of any attorneys that she "glad hands" with? Can you say them on here so everyone is allowed to know about her bias?
very concerned

Chicago, IL

#56 Jan 21, 2013
Yes, can someone put the names of the lawyers she is "glad hands" with?

Probably would help any of us who may be in her court room.
Santiago Headache

Forest Park, IL

#57 Jan 24, 2013
They call her "Lazy Leida". I wish I had asked for a Substitution right away, because now I'm stuck with her. As many comments noted, she rolls her eyes, makes insulting remarks, and immediately takes one side and will disparage the other side before listening to evidence. She is truly unprofessional, it's hard to believe she is in a position of power over people going through a hard time.

If you are assigned this judge, get a substitution as fast as you can.
iza

Palatine, IL

#59 May 23, 2013
Bitch Santiago not only had ruined my life but gave me a death sentence by throwing me out on the street after 18 year long marriage while I just got out of ICU due to cancer and my husband had tried to murder me. Because of her I have lost my life's worth and became homeless. She awarded me only my clothes and expired medicine - now I live for making her pay, and I need help
Ted

Oak Park, IL

#60 Aug 16, 2013
I have witnessed Judge Santigos INJUSTICE. she truley is the DEVIL. I cannot believe what she gets away with in the court room. I would like to star a campaign to have her removed. Any supporters or ideas????
Ted

Oak Park, IL

#61 Aug 16, 2013
Juge Santiagos is the DEVIL. What she gets away with in her court room is unbelievable. I would like to start a campaign to have her removed. Any ides or supporters?
MP Retards Unite!

Los Angeles, CA

#62 Aug 17, 2013
Ted wrote:
Juge Santiagos is the DEVIL. What she gets away with in her court room is unbelievable. I would like to start a campaign to have her removed. Any ides or supporters?
Yeah, don't get hauled into court in the first place, retard!
Greg

Addison, IL

#63 Aug 20, 2013
I happened to come up on this forum and have to agree with the majority. She is MEAN and does NOT make decisions in the best interests of the children. If you get her, change judges FAST!
And to MP retards, you ARE a retard with you dumb comment, people haul others in to court quite often for stupid crap, get your head out of your bunghole, moron
Dumb posters

Chicago, IL

#64 Aug 20, 2013
All you people talk about judges and cases,blah blah blah...

None of you talk about a cop who works for Elmwood Park that actually preys on victims of domestic violence and abusers!

How many of you have talked to Faggiana about Wasilenko?

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