I read that Mayor Thomas McDermott's Capo, the mailman Woerpel case will be heard in Judge Julie Cantrell Courtroom on 11-09-09. Should Judge Julie Cantrell recuse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_disqualification
) herself? Is the fix in?
As you know, Thomas McDermott Jr., Mayor of Hammond and Democratic Chairman of Lake County Indiana, one of the most corrupt counties behind Cook County in the country, owes his Mayoral Office to his dear good friend Bobbie Cantrell. After the feds tossed out the East Chicago Mayoral Election because of voting irregularities, Bobbie, political methods in E. Chicago Dried up, some believe he needed fresh pickings. Some believe Cantrell came to Hammond, looking for a candidate that would help him continue to secure the behind the scenes deals to maintain his $220,000 plus income, before he was convicted, most of which came from the taxpayer's dole. Some believe young Tom hooked is wagon to Bobbie.
Thomas McDermott Jr. was also a law partner to John Cantrell, Bobbie Cantrell's son. Judge Julie Cantrell is John Cantrell's sister and the daughter to Bobbie Cantrell. Bobbie is now sitting in a federal prison convicted of 11 counts of fraud in US District Judge Rudy Lozano's courtroom in Hammond last fall. viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7490
Per a MARK KIESLING article, After McDermott's election as Hammond's Mayor, young Tom dropped Hammond's old Employee Assistance Program, and hired in its place Addiction and Family Care, the counseling service owned by Nancy Fromm, which is also reported to be a money machine for Bob Cantrell. Fromm has said in the past that Bobby Cantrell is a sort of headhunter, he gets a fee for each person referred to the agency and for the amount of money each respective counseling services contract brought in. Both Fromm & Cantrell were very involved in McDermott's campaign.
Kiesling continues: there were those who contended the East Chicago Republican Party under Cantrell was nothing more than an adjunct of ex-Mayor Bob Pastrick's machine, and that Cantrell stayed in power by bringing busloads of rummies to county conventions from the Chicago Avenue flophouse owned by the late Charlie Dahlin.
Cantrell, who worked for (indicted & now convicted) North Township Trustee Greg Cvitkovich, was responsible for getting Fromm's group hired there to teach diversity sessions that some township employees claimed was an utter waste of their time and taxpayer money.
He also engineered an $84,000 contract with County Sheriff Roy Dominguez to counsel work-release inmates, and his daughter, Superior Court Judge Julie Cantrell, orders substance abusers to use Fromm's service as part of their sentence.
Judge Julie should recuse herself. If in fact Judge Julie hears this case, my money is Woerpel and his clan go free or get their hands slapped. Lake County Corruption at its best.http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/co