Criminal Courthouse Set To Be Renamed For Prominent Judge

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Criminal Courthouse may soon be getting a new name.

For generations, the complex has been known primarily by its address – 26th and California. But under a plan submitted to the Cook County Board Wednesday, it will be renamed the Honorable George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Leighton, 99, was the first African-American on the Illinois Appellate Court, and served as a federal judge for more than 20 years.

An alumnus of Howard University and Harvard Law School, Leighton served as a Cook County Circuit Court judge in the 1960s, before advancing to the Appellate Court in 1969. He was confirmed for his U.S. District Court judgeship in 1976, following the retirement of Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz.

Leighton also also served a stint as general counsel and president of the Chicago branch of the NAACP, and he challenged an Alabama constitutional amendment that required residents to pass a test before they were permitted to vote, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

The County Board is set to vote on the planned renaming on March 1. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told the Law Bulletin the board hopes to honor Leighton with his name on the building while he is still alive.

  • tony

    I kinda like the idea .Makes the blacks feel good when they go to court seeing the name of a black judge at the entrance door.Then they see the exit door at the back of the court room as the judge slams them with life in prison

  • juju

    Now the euro-pee-ons will be screaming “first they take our women, then the presidency and now the courts!!! What next?”

  • Just Axin

    juju- hate to disappoint you, but blacks don’t “take our women”. White women that hook up with blacks are usually the overweight, last-ones-to-leave- the- bar types (unless the brother is rich which is rare). Once they are “tainted” they might has well live in the hood. As for the presidency, whitey (not the 5 or 6% eligible to vote blacks) put him at the top and whitey has the power to make sure he’s unemployed. And whitey is proud to see that a black name shall grace the courthouse just like the Robert Taylor name that housed many other black criminals. In the end, we have the last laugh!

  • Chivi

    Justin, you are good!!!

    • Afro

      Here let me fix this

      • Afro

        Someone keeps hitting the button

        Hey and why don’t we rename Chicago NlGGERSVILLE?
        As long as we keep naming things after NlGGERS that have to do with their incarceration it’s all good

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