By: Diane Benjamin
Today, at Michael Cadena’s Massachusetts hearing, the Judge offered a $25, 000 bond but only if he was to return voluntarily to Illinois within 48 hours. Michael declined, agreeing instead to challenge the validity of the warrant used to incarcerate him as well as extradition. His next hearing will be November 20th. Until then, he will remain in a Massachusetts prison.
Yesterday, I reported that Sheriff Sandage told me the 11th Judicial Court is paying for the extradition. After many calls, I learned this process involves McLean County footing the bill upfront then taxing Michael upon his return. Essentially, we will be paying for Michael’s extradition and the court will force him to reimburse the funds. A source in the Chief Judge’s office confirmed that while this is extremely common in criminal cases, but to his knowledge he has never seen this done before in a family case.
Let me get this straight…..
First, Judge LeAnn Hill found Michael guilty of direct criminal contempt for not returning to Illinois with his son. We know this common law charge is improper as by definition it is for “acts witnessed in the immediate view and presence of the court” only. Next, Hill makes a “hybrid” warrant with the assistance of the States Attorney’s Office, to have METCOM enter it into the NCIC system unlawfully. We also know this warrant denied Michael his constitutional right to due process as a criminal defendant. Now, the 11th Circuit Court will extradite Michael for a family case using our tax dollars to pay the cost, then go after him to reimburse them. An act that has never been done before to the Court’s knowledge other than in criminal cases.
I’m sorry, but this clearly shows BIAS. Looks like Michael can add that to his civil rights lawsuit!
The longer Michael sits in jail on a warrant that may be eventually be deemed illegal the bigger a lawsuit against the County will get. That means higher taxes for us in the end.
When is this malpractice of justice going to stop?
Adele Saaf, Michael’s attorney here, filed a motion against Judge Hill’s findings on direct criminal contempt. See it here: MOTION TO DISMISS
Of course, Judge Hill didn’t agree. An appeal is pending in Appellate Court.