CHICAGO (CBS) — A former Cook County State’s Attorney says there is generally less respect these days for law enforcement.

For 12 years, from 1996-2008, Dick Devine was state’s attorney of Cook County.

He says he believes there’s been an erosion of sorts – in the mindset of some members of the public.

“There’s probably a little less respect than one would want for, particularly, police officers who are out there every day putting their lives on the line. But now it appears it’s gone beyond that. And with that extension you have to worry about judges and others who are involved in the justice system,” said Devine.

Eight years ago, U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lefkow returned home to find the bodies of her husband and mother. Authorities linked the murders to a man who was a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case Lefkow had dismissed.

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