Former Lake County Chief Judge, David Hall, was found not guilty of DUI after trial on Monday. Judge Hall had stepped down from his position after the arrest on April 26, 2008 and retired earlier this month after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hall was found guilty of resisting arrest during the incident. The Kane County Judge brought in to preside over the trial, sentenced Hall to 100 hours of community service, 18 months probation, and a $1,000.00 fine plus court costs.
A blood test taken after the arrest at the hospital, resulted in a BAC of .10, above the .08 legal limit. However, an appeals court ruled that the blood sample was inadmissible due to mishandling. The second officer on the scene testified at trial that Hall attempted to roll up his window, refused to exit his vehicle and turned his ignition. The officer who pepper-sprayed the judge during the traffic stop died from a heart attack a few weeks after the incident.
Hall later filed an excessive force lawsuit against the two Vernon Hills officers who arrested him.
Ex-Lake County judge is cleared of DUI but convicted of resisting arrest, www.chicagotribune.com, July 17, 2012
Ex-Lake County judge convicted of resisting arrest, acquitted of DUI, www.suntimes.com, July 16, 2012