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People v. Bufford

APRIL 23, 1971.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,

v.

JOHN L. BUFFORD, SR. ET AL., DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS.



APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. EDWIN T. BREEN, Judge, presiding.

MR. PRESIDING JUSTICE ENGLISH DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

OFFENSES CHARGED

Contempt of court for violation of Rule 0.7 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of Cook County, which prohibits "loitering in or about the rooms or corridors of the courthouses."

JUDGMENT

After a bench trial, the three defendants were found guilty. Ford McGee was fined $100, Edward McGee $300, and Bufford $300. All were "released on probation" for one year.

CONTENTIONS RAISED ON APPEAL

1. The evidence is insufficient to sustain the charge.

2. The contempt proceedings against defendants were improperly brought and conducted.

3. The rule of the Circuit Court is invalid.

4. The court erred in its ruling on the admissibility of evidence.

EVIDENCE

Detective Edward Adams, for the State:

He is with the Cook County Sheriff's police. On March 16, 1968, he observed defendants in the main public corridor of the County Building between 10:00 A.M. and noon. He had prior information that there were ministers soliciting for marriages in the County Building. He saw defendant John Bufford, Sr., approach eight couples on the Clark Street side of the County Building and three couples on the Randolph Street side. The witness took a business card of defendant Bufford from one of the couples and a number of cards ...


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