Quick Hits – How to remove Judge John Dalton

Y’all just keep coming!

Since writing that fateful June 2017 column regarding Kane County Judge John Dalton’s regularly despicable courtroom antics, at least 80 of you have come forward with your own version of a family court horror story.

But the consistently recurring them is, “How do we remove this poor excuse for a human being from the bench.” You’d think the fact he’s a bigoted, misogynist, sadistic bully would be enough, but that’s never the case when it comes to the men and women in black.

With the way the system’s set up, it’s virtually impossible to vote a full circuit judge out of office. But there are a number of steps Dalton victims, as I accurately refer to them, can take to get the powers that be to take notice of this eminently miserable excuse for a human being.

Dalton

But before we continue down that road, if you are a woman, and particularly an Hispanic or Black woman, you cannot step foot into courtroom 101 without an attorney – especially if your ex has retained one – because to do so would be the equivalent of committing legal suicide. Dalton doesn’t give a flying bleep about the law, he won’t enforce his own orders, he doesn’t care about his reputation, and he certainly enjoys making women suffer.

The problem is, most attorneys are intimidated by Dalton while others refuse to practice in his courtroom. So, if you need a reasonable family attorney recommendation, please reach out to me at jeffnward@comcast.net and I’ll do my best to hook you up with one.

As is always the case, I receive absolutely no consideration for referring folks to a good attorney.

Now back to the issue at hand.

Step 1 – File a Judicial Inquiry Board complaint

This is the most critical step because these are the only people that have the power to sanction and remove judges. It may be true they don’t remove judges very often, but if just half of the people who’ve approached me filed a JIB complaint, Dalton would be nothing more than a bad aftertaste.

The process and form for filing a Judicial Inquiry Board complaint can be found right here.

When you do file one, keep it short, be very specific as to the misconduct, be as unemotional as possible, and please don’t turn it into a rant about your ex or the system. Those are completely separate issues.

I know some of you are fearful of further incurring the Judge’s wrath, but rest assured, all JIB complaints are completely confidential, so you have nothing to fear. And even if Dalton managed to figure out who filed onet, can he really make your life any worse than he already has?

 

Step 2 – Email Chief Judge Susan Clancy-Boles  

You can contact her at bolessusan@co.kane.il.us. She may not have the power to remove Dalton from the bench, but she’s under no obligation to assign him to a courtroom, either. He could very easily be relegated to simple administrative tasks that not even he could screw up.

Again, be specific, don’t let your commentary devolve into a rant, and please don’t make any threats. Simply explain your situation and ask her way this bleep is allowed to single-handedly destroy people’s lives.

 

Step 3 – Call State Senator Cristina Castro’s Springfield office

Castro is one of Dalton’s biggest supporters to the point where his husband, Rich Jacobs, runs her Elgin office. And don’t give me any more crap about outing Dalton as gay because he broadcasts it to anyone who will listen, and he regularly bludgeons plaintiffs, defendants and attorneys with it, too.

Politicians are timid creatures by nature and Castro has much higher political aspirations. So, if her Elgin constituents start calling her – and it hast to be a call to Springfield or Jacobs will intercept emails or calls to Elgin – to explain why she no longer has your vote, it will make her very, very nervous.

I’m in the process of recruiting a Democrat to run against Castro in 2020 to make a point. Given her campaign ethic, she will be very difficult to beat, but collectively, we can make her spend a whole lot of money to stay in office.

There’s more than one way to send a message. If we strip Dalton of his support, it makes him that much more vulnerable.

 

Step 4 – Stage a protest on the Kane County Judicial Center steps

This is a fascinating proposition that even I hadn’t even considered, but when a reader suggested the possibility, I was rather intrigued. So, I reached out to one of my bevy of attorneys who not only said it was perfectly legal to demonstrate on those Peck Road and Route 38 steps, but he thought it was an excellent idea.

This is exactly the kind of thing that would make the local newspapers wake up and take notice.

Again! PLEASE DON’T DISRUPT the Judicial Center proceedings or be obnoxious in any way.  Peaceful protests with simple and direct signs are always the most effective.

To this end, Alton Jones, a long-time Dalton victim who’s had more than enough is willing to coordinate these protests. Those interested in making a statement can contact him at altonjonesjr76@gmail.com.

I will be more than happy to reach out the local press to be sure they cover it, as well.

 

The bottom line is, while I can’t single-handedly solve this problem, collectively, we have the power to create change. And the faster we start moving on this, the faster Dalton’s rein of judicial terror will end.

 

10 thoughts on “Quick Hits – How to remove Judge John Dalton

  1. Also get a transcript especially if he makes comments. If are pro se and broke ask for s free one. If he denies it and makes any comments borrow money and get one. It will be way worth your while
    File a motion to substitute judge probably be denied but if have transcripts may show prejudice
    Not sure of all the new rules but if money issue try Prairie State legal services not a fan because they usually against me but they do a job. Try Kane County Bar they have referral and pro bono services.
    Jeff absolutely right keep it simple

  2. I think if you pay you can have one. All changed since I was around. Never understood why court reporters not essential. And I think and I am old chief judge can order one if he/she thinks something odd. A full Circuit in DuPage was sent to traffic court with a court reporter because of his mouth
    In other words don’t give up

  3. I just left court and I am in disbelief. I am a mother to a 12 year old boy, he was abandoned by his father for almost 9 years, my son is now refusing to see him because he is scared of him and his abuse. Judge Dalton suggested for his new attorney to pursue me criminally for being in contempt of court. Again this is due to my son refusing to see him on 2 occasions only. I have documentation from 2 different police officers who spoke with my child on both occasions. Judge Dalton told my sons father and his attorney to bring it in front of him criminally and he would address things there and well.. I can go to jail!!!
    My sons father owes 24k in Child Support, he was absent for several years, he has driven erratically with my son in the car, he started a fight with an elderly man in his last visit–my child was there, his dad is causing more harm to our son and I CAN GO TO JAIL!?!
    Judge Dalton is truly so unfair and after asking about my sons age he said “well he’s too young to vote so that does not matter”

    I remember when Judge Pheenis was on the stand, he listened, he was not biased.
    I’ve spent over 8k in attorneys aside from my own pro se motions in the beginning and have gotten NOWHERE. Every time I go to room 101 I see women cry and women only.. today I was that woman for the second time. Women always get victimized in his courtroom. I would do anything to get a new judge!

  4. My name is Kara Witkowski. I and other Mothers and Father’s are creating a Movement. I am currently in talks with a newsreporter. He wants all stories relating to John Dalton.

    Dalton gave custody to my ex who admitted to raping me in his court room and was caught by the Elgin PD with child porn.

    If your case involves pedophilia or any type of sexual/physical abuse contact me immediately.

    If your case involves child support, contact Alton Jones.

    Thank You.

  5. If the people want to start a movement, I am here to help. E-mail me at paralegal2528@gmail.com. My name is Andy Williams Jr., and I am the Chairman of an advocacy group.

  6. Hello Jeff,
    My name is John L.  I’ve been wanting to write you for some time now. I’ve read your previous article and just read your new one by googling Judge John Dalton’s name.  You will also see me if you google him on the 2nd page, as my appeal to appellate court is for some reason on there.
    My personal life, my kids lives, and my parents lives have been affected by Mr. Dalton’s actions over the past almost 10 years after he was assigned to my case as Judge Pheineas was called up or reassigned.
    I will try to be as brief as possible as I’m sure nor I want to write a few pages of my life over the last 10 years😀.
    Long story short I was in an accident crossing the street on foot on Black Friday many years back due to me asked to get out of car I was in. By who? You can imagine as this whole started … why I start  there. According to doctors didn’t understand how I survived a car going 50mph and getting hit while crossing the street.
    Moving ahead my fiancé for 11 years left with someone else and I had to fight in court for my kids, and during the previous 2-3 years due to my accident I was the stay at home dad while getting rehabilitation.
    As stated above we agreed on 8 days with her and 6 with me, because she wanted support. Which was fine. I understood. It made sense since I didn’t want to continue to bring my kids through court.
    A few years past and I was brought back into court because it was accused my kids were in “brand name clothing jackets”. I never denied I bout them knew jackets.  Understandable when you have 100,000 in lawyer fees, and  Have to file for bankruptcy , because could never pay that back, so may as well

    Well she brought me to increase child support. I have not worked due to my accident and damaged to my brain since my accident.

    During this time my father passed away, and my mother suffered from dementia. As she had no one but me since I am an only child and my father used to take care of everything.  I became her power of attorney.

    When I went to court that day. They ruled since I was the poa of my mother. Judge Dalton determined he was going to base it of that and increased support to almost 800 a month. I obviously did not have this. I was threatened with prison, and had warrants for my arrest due to this on multiple occasions

    Me being my moms only sons she would not let this happened and told me to use her funds. My mom was paying for the facility she stayed at approx. 4k a month and the money she had was from her profit sharing plan,and a small life insurance form my father. At 4k a month it would disappear in a matter of year. My lawyer has never seen such wrong, so he has been working my case pro bono even though he is a very well known attorney, and I appreciate that.He was threaten to be thrown in jail by judge Dalton as well, so he had other attorneys show up for him, but since he has been appearing.  All this has been going on for the last 10 years.

    We brought the case to the Appellate court as you can see if you google, but after a year denied because no court reporter and judge Dalton lied, and it was his word vs mine. 

    My lawyer advises me we cannot switch judges. 

    For a year he took my parenting time away from my kids that severely affected my son, and I still dont have my full parenting time back..as I only have every other weekend and  every other holiday. 

    After taking my kids away didnt help him get his way. He issued warrants for my arrest and again I’m my moms only child and all she has left. She paid the warrants, and one time did not have it to pay and I was arrested for two weeks until she was able to get obtain the bail money of 10k, and bare in mind this is not back child support either . It’s too put money into a trust so my ex would be paid in advance, and then Judge Dalton even ruled that I should pay her attorney fees. The suffering and damage this has caused my kids, my parents, and my personal life has been tremendously damaging on all aspects.

    Theres I’m sure a lot I’m missing in the story, but I tried making it as short as I could. I’m willing to post on your forum or you can post this, but I’m not sure what to say as I’ve never done that before. I have recently filled out the judicial inquiry, but didnt really know how to word,  but not sure what that will even do, and as to emails not sure what to write. Any help from you or your community would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    John L.

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