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The Shore Thing Episode Seven: Judge Steve Hanke About Busy Week At Cook County Courthouse And The Politics Of Law

Feb 14, 2024 05:27AM ● By Content Editor
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The Shore Thing Podcast Episode Five, with Joe Friedrichs and Steve Fernlund - released February 13, 2024

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From Joe & Steve: The middle of February is proving to be a busy time for legal matters in Cook County. The court calendar was multiple pages for Monday, Feb. 12, with many cases of interest to Cook County residents. Among the cases listed Monday was a hearing for Levi Axtell, a local resident accused of murdering Lawrence Scully last March.

Behind the bench for the cases heard this week was the new judge for the North Shore, Judge Steve Hanke. Appointed by Gov. Tim Walz late last year, Feb. 12 was Hanke's first busy day in the local courtroom.

The new judge for Cook and Lake counties spoke with Joe and Steve about how local courts are looked upon in an election year when many Americans are viewing the courts through a political lens, if remote hearings will continue to be the norm for those accused of crimes in Cook County, and what his plans are long-term behind the bench in the local courtroom.

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