By: Diane Benjamin
No, this has nothing to do with the election.
It does have to do with Judge William Yoder.
None of the news stories pertaining to the former Normal Police Officer who admitted stealing $12,000 said who the judge was. The only way I know is from a WGLT picture: https://www.wglt.org/post/former-normal-police-officer-pleads-guilty-theft-case#stream/0
How can citizens be asked to retain judges if they know nothing about their record?
Judges do not have to accept negotiated plea bargains. Judge Yoder did accept the 30 day sentence negotiated for Brian Williams’ theft of $12,000 when he responded to a medical emergency.
Judge Yoder also allowed John Butler’s 91 days home confinement sentence for the Coliseum theft.
Meanwhile Judge Yoder has sentenced at least one of last summer’s looters to prison, even after there was a negotiated plea deal for probation.
It looks like white collar crime doesn’t deserve punishment if restitution is made, evidently both aren’t possible.
The last Coliseum case defendant appears to be negotiating a settlement too. He’s scheduled to appear on December 31, the courtroom isn’t listed so I don’t know if Judge Yoder is handling this case too: https://publicaccess.mcleancountyil.gov/TwoWeekDocketCriminalTraffic.htm
The citizens will never get justice for the Coliseum debacle since no one at the City of Bloomington was held accountable for oversight failures.
The victim of the Normal police officer just might get justice: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-normal-officer-pleads-guilty-to-official-misconduct/article_867af39e-1c4c-5227-8b31-ada0e0331164.html
Too bad there isn’t a citizens lawsuit against Bloomington’s former City Manager and all but one member of the Council (Judy Stearns) that ignored evidence right in front of them.