Cook County Courthouse
It has been almost a month since the cell phone ban went into effect at 26th and California – and business is brisk outside the courthouse where an entrepreneur has set up a storage locker on wheels.
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Friday defended the decision to begin implementing a ban on cell phones and other electronic communication at courthouses, saying he’s concerned about witnesses being intimidated, or worse.
Following a three-month grace period, Cook County will begin phasing in a ban on cell phones and other Internet-capable electronic devices at courthouses next week, starting with the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California.
Some drivers are playing the system by displaying police uniforms or other material — suggesting they are members of law enforcement — to avoid parking regulations and fines at a Cook County courthouse. 2 Investigator Dave Savini reports.
The 49-year-old ex-convict was on crutches, but that didn’t keep him from escaping custody.