After Dropping Gun at Courthouse, Decide Joseph Claps Charged


Chicago-area Decide Joseph Claps, dropped a gun out of his coat final week in Prepare dinner County’s prison courthouse, was charged Wednesday with a misdemeanor within the incident.

Authorities stated sheriff’s deputies noticed Claps, 70, drop a pistol out of his jacket pocket on July 3, then decide it up and put it in his pants pocket, The Chicago Tribune reported. The gun was believed to have been loaded.

Claps has a hid carry license, however weapons aren’t allowed within the courthouse even with a license, the Tribune reported. He was not detained or searched on the time of the incident.

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Claps presided over felony prison circumstances for Prepare dinner County however was reassigned to “nonjudicial duties final week pending a gathering of the circuit court docket government committee,” a spokesman for Chief Decide Timothy Evans’ workplace stated, ABC7 reported.

The jacket was draped over the decide’s arm when the gun fell out as he walked by way of the foyer of the Leighton Prison Courtroom Constructing, a sheriff’s incident report stated, the Tribune reported. Safety cameras additionally captured the incident.

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Claps was charged with a Class B misdemeanor for carrying a hid weapon in a prohibited space, the Tribune reported. He was not held on any bail and can seem in court docket subsequent week on the cost. 

State lawyer’s workplace spokesman Robert Foley stated county prosecutors will request the Illinois Legal professional Normal’s workplace deal with the case to keep away from a battle of curiosity with the workplace as a result of prosecutors attempt circumstances in entrance of Claps, the Tribune stated. 

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Claps was previously a Prepare dinner County prosecutor, assistant to the state lawyer basic, and has been a decide for greater than 20 years, the final 15 years within the Prison Division, the Tribune reported. 

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