This case has BAD MOJO all over it... The young cop who pepper sprayed the judge during the arrest ended up dying a few weeks later, then Chief Judge David Hall (the offender) ends up with one of the worse diseases you can get - Lou Gehrig’s disease - a slow disease that just eats up your body.... It's almost like this incident was cursed...
Former Lake County Chief Judge David Hall was found not guilty today of driving under the influence of alcohol, stemming from his arrest in Vernon Hills more than four years ago.
But Hall was convicted of resisting arrest in the April 2008 traffic stop, during which an officer pepper-sprayed him. Hall was chief judge at the time of the arrest but later stepped down. Now suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, which has affected his speech, the judge retired from the bench just this month.
Earlier today during the one-day trial, an emergency-room doctor from Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville testified that Hall appeared to be intoxicated when the doctor examined him after the traffic stop. Hall had been taken to the hospital after he was pepper-sprayed and complained of chest pains.
But Hall’s lawyers had earlier succeeded in having a blood sample taken at the hospital thrown out of evidence after arguing that it had been mishandled. The DUI case was also impeded by the fact that the officer who pulled him over and used the pepper spray passed away a few weeks later.
Hall was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, the minimum allowable and 18 months of conditional discharge, a form of probation. He must also pay a $1,000 fine and court costs. Hall could have received a year in jail for the conviction of resisting arrest.