A prominent Chicago lawyer tied to Mayor Rahm Emmanul abruptly resigned Monday (Jan. 4) after a judge ruled that he hid evidence in the police-involved fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man five years ago. Senior Corporation Counsel Jordan Marsh was found to have “intentionally” concealed evidence to support officer’s recollection of what happened the day Darius Pinex was killed.
Officers Raoul Mosqueda and Gildardo Sierra claimed Pinex was pulled over because his car fit the description of a suspect involved in a shooting. Pinex was subsequently shot to death after the cops said he failed to comply with orders to put his vehicle in reverse.
However, court records would later prove cops lied and weren’t even listening to the alleged dispatch call before stopping Pinex. As for Marsh, the judge found him involved in the coverup. “Attorneys who might be tempted to bury late-surfacing information need to know that, if discovered, any verdict they win will be forfeit and their clients will pay the price,” U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang wrote in his 72-page decision.
The ruling involved a civil lawsuit brought on by Pinex’s family. Chang tossed an April verdict justifying police actions in Pinex’s death, and ordered a new trial. He also ordered the city to cover the plaintiff’s legal fees.
Marsh’s resignation was announced later in the day with the city maintaining that it doesn’t “tolerate any action that would call into question the integrity of the lawyers who serve Chicago.”
A lawyer or Pinex’s family says Marsh’s conduct speaks to a bigger issues within the city. “It shows the city hasn’t just fought to protect officers, it also fights tooth and nail to protect its lawyers,” said Steve Greenberg. ”I don’t think they cared that [Pinex] got killed, they didn’t care what the truth was and they didn’t care they cheated [with the evidence].”
The resignation and court decision follows increasing pressure for Mayor Emmanuel to resign after another coverup was discovered, this time in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Following a court order, the recording released late last year, shows McDonald wasn’t in close range of the officer who shot him over, and over, and over again.
In the video, McDonald drops to the ground almost immediately after the first hit, yet he was shot a total of 16 times. Cops attempted to hide the dash cam video that was later released, in edition to trying to erase the tape at nearby Burger King.
Emmanuel has promised better officer training after Chicago cops “accidentally” shot and killed a mother of five, and a 19-year-old college student while responding to a domestic violence call involvin the mentally ill teen late last month.
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