Police: Lawyer Beats Up Wife In Court

JOLIET (STMW) – A lawyer reportedly gave a judge probable cause to grant an order of protection by beating his estranged wife in court Friday morning.

Will County Sheriff’s spokesman Pat Barry said the 43-year-old woman had gone to Judge Marilee Viola’s third-floor courtroom for a hearing against Robert W. Goldsmith, 48.

“It appears Mr. Goldsmith was not pleased with the outcome of the hearing,” Barry said. “He made a derogatory comment about his wife as they were walking out, then grabbed her by the hair and began punching her in the face — knocking her to the ground.”

Robert Goldsmith was reportedly restrained by some other men inside the courtroom while deputies were called in.

The victim suffered cuts and bruises to her head and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital by Joliet firefighters.

Goldsmith, of the 14800 block of Cricketwood Drive in Homer Glen, was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic battery and booked into the county jail.

Jail records show Goldsmith is an attorney with an office in Frankfort.

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  • Moe ThePhotographer

    Another story from wonderfull Will County.

  • Roberta Waker

    This guy is stupid and should be held in jail for as long as possible. If he can’t control himself in a courtroom; his wife won’t have a prayer outside. PLUS, he should be disbarred for this violent behavior. Maybe if he has to work a regular job, he won’t have so much energy to beat up anyone.

    • Average Guy

      In for a penny, in for a pound …Marriage

  • mike

    Guys got balls!

  • tracy

    thats why there will always be a need for womens shelters.

  • Jerry

    Anyone can lose their cool but this is CRIMINAL & STUPID! Hope they throw the entire book at him with jail time!!!

  • Jaye

    Damn…all of that hard work down the drain.

  • Darcy

    just goes to show that even idiots can pass the bar exam!

  • Average Guy

    Bully for him! He did what a lot of people would like to do in domestic relations court. That place sucks!

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