Corrupt Judge John C. Griffin (fix cases for his cronies and lies from the bench ) appointed to Illinois Appeal Court

Judge John C. Griffin appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court

In an order entered yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Corrupt Judge John C. Griffin, son of Judge James Griffin, nephew of  Joseph P. Griffin (treasurer for Michael Madigan) and Helen Griffin (former Clerk to Judge Comerford) to the Appellate Court vacancy created by the pending resignation of Justice John B. Simon.

The appointment is effective May 2, and will terminate on December 7, 2020.


Judge Griffin, long time crony with Appeal Court Justice Judge Daniel J. Pierce (classmate with Appeal Court Judge Thomas E. Hoffman,  was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1976. He was in private practice for 31 years, primarily handling real estate, zoning and development-related matters, until March 2008, when he was appointed to the Circuit Court bench by the Illinois Supreme Court, thank to Griffin’s beneficial connections within IL Court system and beyond.

Judge John C. Griffin is very likely a relative to lawyer Joseph W. Griffin, who was a long time partner for Law Firm Hinshaw &Culbertson LLP in whose favor Judge John C. Griffin regularly fixed cases in Law Division Court for “substantial amounts of money (admitted by H&C lawyers); freely acted in excess of all jurisdiction; and relentlessly lied to litigants from the bench.
Judge Jouhn C. Griffin at least three times made false statements in my case which he fixed in the most corrupt manner in favor of H&C.
On or about October 16, 2014 Griffin  told that he “does not even remember his election donors” – while the largest one was himself and his family;
On or about January 20, 2016 Griffin told me that he DOES NOT KNOW! who are his election donors – which is a blatant lie.
On or about June 28, 2017 Griffin said that he “recalled” that he gave himself about $37,000.00 for election but he does not have connections with lawyer Joseph WILLIAM Griffin from Hinshaw &Culbertson LLP. 
Griffin’s  statement is hard to believe since here are no indication in the public records that Joseph Griffin’s middle name was WILLIAM.
Here are about 112 male names which start from “W”: Walter, Watson, Woodrow, ect. But John C. Griffin KNEW that lawyer Joseph W. Griffin’s middle name was “William” – even though I never mentioned it (because I did not know it); and even ARDC does not have this information. But bear to repeat, John C. Griffin somehow KNEW it.
Griffin “won”  election to a 15th Subcircuit vacancy in 2010. The Chicago Council of Lawyers bestowed a ‘Well Qualified’ rating on Judge Griffin when he sought retention in 2016.


Anonymous said…

Jack Leyhane said…

Someone smarter than me will correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is an outright appointment to the Appellate Court, thus creating a vacancy in the 15th Subcircuit. Sometimes, as you know, the Supreme Court assigns a circuit judge to serve on the Appellate Court, but those orders are worded differently — and the order here does not contain that language.

So, no, there’s nowhere to go back to if Justice Griffin seeks election to the Appellate Court but comes up short.

Anonymous said…

He has been appointed to the John Simon vacancy and must run in the next election to keep his Appellate Court spot. If he should loose he returns to the Circuit Court. No vacancy in the 15th subcircuit untill he is elected.

Anonymous said…

Jack, you are correct. An appointment means you give up your circuit court position. An assignment means you still keep that position and merely serve at the will of the Supreme Court in the Appellate Court. There is indeed a vacancy for the 15th for 2020.
I know of only one judge in the past 10 years who was assigned to a vacant elected position and was able to return when he lost. The appointment terminates the circuit court term of a judge.