Stephen McGlynn, a judge AGAIN
20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT—Apparently the Illinois Supreme Court believed they did indeed have a good judge in Stephen McGlynn when in 2005-06 he sat for a short time on the bench at the Fifth Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon.
McGlynn was appointed to that position in June 2005 when the temporary appointment of Judge Clyde Kuehn expired (Kuehn was in there after former Judge Gordon Maag was beaten in the 2004 retention vote.)
However, McGlynn had to do battle with South Counties’ pick for Appellate Judge, Bruce Stewart of Harrisburg.
Though he put up a good fight (and had returned several good decisions from the Appellate Court bench), McGlynn lost out to Stewart in November 2006′s general election, and went back to private practice with his brother, Michael, at his family’s law firm, which was founded in 1896, and is located in Belleville (St. Clair County, part of the triune of Madison/St. Clair/Bond counties, known far and wide as the “judicial hellhole” of Illinois primarily because of the high-end class action lawsuits filed in those venues.)
Now, McGlynn has been appointed a judgeship in the 20th Judicial Circuit, from among 19 applicants, to replace Judge Michael O’Malley, who retired in July after 25 years on the bench. The appointment was made by the judges of the Illinois Supreme Court. McGlynn takes to the bench officially Sept. 17. The 20th circuit is a portion of the metro-east—Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties. McGlynn, 48, and his family have been litigating in that area for decades now, so he should be hugely successful at his endeavor.
However, since going back to private practice, McGlynn, along with his brother, have taken on a number of civil rights violation and other difficult actions that require a considerable amount of attention…some of these right here in southeastern Illinois. This has caused not a little consternation among those who have either retained the services of the pair or the law firm as a whole, or are operating on contingencies of settlements/wins in their cases where a retainer wasn’t possible. There are still more who have been consulting with the McGlynns on the same kinds of seemingly-’hopeless’ types of civil rights cases—like the Blairs in Bridgeport, whose son Derek was beaten almost to death last year and no one has been brought to justice over it because of bungling on the part of the police—who have been hoping that the McGlynn boys will make short work of the bad guys in Lawrence County.
Michael McGlynn, it might be noted, did a fine job continuing through the Nathan Headley case in Edwards in 2005 after Stephen was elevated to the Fifth Appellate Court, so there may be no reason to fear. Hopefully, the McGlynn law firm will realize that Stephen’s just judge material, and that’s what he’s going to do from now on…and they have made plans to keep their caseloads high and their reputations as litigation pitbulls intact, no matter what.
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