I am so fucking tired of hearing THE FIRST BLACK THIS OR THAT... Being the first don't make you good it just makes you the first... Obama is our 1st black US President and he is living like the typical inner city shit head... VACATIONS, GOLFING, SPEND, GIVE MORE FREEBIES AND BACK TO MORE VACATIONS AND PARTIES...
I think I will call 26 and California.... Frank Collin Plaza....
Photo: Former Cook County Judge George Leighton, seated, looks on Friday as officials, judges and the public celebrate the renaming of the Cook County Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago to the Honorable George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building. Leighton, 99, also was the first African-American on the Illinois Appellate Court and served as a federal judge for more than 10 years.
When Judge George Leighton acquitted two Latino men of beating and slashing a Chicago police officer in 1965, it touched off a public uproar and sparked an effort to remove him from the bench at the legendary 26th and California courthouse.
One of the few African-American judges in the county during the racially charged era, Leighton refused to back down from his position that white police officers had lied about what happened.
Leighton had made his name as a civil rights attorney at the courthouse in the 1940s and '50s.
"If the court is to decide cases by popular furor, we may as well turn justice over to the Police Department and let them decide cases" at police headquarters, he told reporters then.
Leighton not only remained a judge at 26th Street but went on to a remarkable legal career, becoming the first African-American on the Illinois Appellate Court and serving more than 10 years as a U.S. District Court judge.
On Friday, Leighton, who will turn 100 in October, sat in a wheelchair dressed in a pinstriped suit and basked in accolades from some of the state's biggest political and legal figures as the courthouse where he began his judicial career was named in his honor.
For more than 83 years, the imposing, seven-story courthouse on the city's West Side has been known simply by its address: 26th and Cal.
It's now officially the Honorable George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building, quite a mouthful to be sure. The name is spelled out in an arch of gold lettering above the courthouse's front doors.
Inside, a newly installed glass enclosure in the lobby is filled with a montage celebrating Leighton's life. His judicial robes hang there, on a coat rack behind a dark oak desk.
The colorful space is a strange sight in a building that for decades has been celebrated for its architecture but was nearly devoid of personal touches. Until Friday, the only marker bearing anyone's name was a bronze plaque on the first floor listing the various dignitaries responsible for building the courthouse in the 1920s.
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