CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County judge has been arrested and charged with domestic battery and made a court appearance Wednesday.
Sixth District Judge Carl Boyd works out of the courthouse in south suburban Markham. Court records show he was arrested at his Beverly neighborhood home Tuesday night.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the court cases over which Judge Boyd is presiding are now on hold.
Boyd did not make it into work at the Markham Courthouse on Wednesday, and there is a possibility that he won’t be ruling on any cases in the future after his arrest.
Chicago Police said at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a 57-year-old woman reported Boyd threw a glass bottle at the glass door window – which broke. Police said they saw a large cut to the side of the woman’s face from the broken glass, and arrested Boyd on the spot.
He was charged with domestic battery causing bodily harm, a misdemeanor.
Boyd stayed locked up until he stepped before a judge as a defendant Wednesday morning.
He was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond, according to court records. He is due back in Domestic Violence Court, 555 W. Harrison St., on Tuesday of next week.
The office of Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to have Boyd’s case moved out of Cook County, so as to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, CBS 2 has confirmed.
Meanwhile, Evans’ office announced Thursday morning that Judge Boyd is being placed on restricted duties, or duties other than judicial duties, at the Daley Center courthouse subject to further order of the court.
“Wednesday’s order was issued to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and is effective immediately,” Evans said in a statement.
Judge Boyd’s case also has been referred to the Judicial Inquiry Board for an investigation. The Judicial Inquiry Board would then determine whether to file a complaint against Boyd with the Illinois Courts Commission, which has the power to reprimand, censure, or suspend Boyd, or even remove him from office.
Boyd has spent the past decade as a Cook County judge.
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