Labels: Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney
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-- Peraica's charges turn on him - Rob Olmsteadhttp://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=131666&src=1(THE ARTICLE: The glow of Anita Alvarez's win in the Democratic primary for state's attorney hadn't yet begun to dim when her Republican opponent, Tony Peraica, accused her of being a somewhat mediocre lawyer. But according to a federal judge, it's one of Peraica's attorneys who did a subpar job in court recently. U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox Thursday ordered sanctions against Timothy Matthew Sprague, an attorney who works for Anthony J. Peraica & Associates, in part because Sprague isn't admitted to practice in federal court. While Sprague is an attorney in good standing in Illinois, federal court officials require a few extra steps before they permit lawyers to appear before them. Some of those steps include getting letters of recommendation and a sponsor to vouch for you, said a spokeswoman for the clerk's office. Cox also admonished Sprague for violating three other local court rules: failure to file an appearance in the case, failure to file a document electronically and failure to specifically cite depositions and evidence in his denials of his opponents' claims. The last violation was for a document that Peraica himself signed and approved. Cox fined Sprague the equivalent of three hours' pay. Sprague and Peraica said they were under the impression the sanctions were only for failing to file a document electronically, but the judge's docket entry cites all four rules as reasons for the penalty. Peraica said he thought Sprague was admitted to practice before the federal bar and vowed to get things corrected. Each rule cited by the judge is a procedural infraction and among the less serious allegations a judge can make. Peraica said voters shouldn't be too worried about his legal abilities because of the matter. "I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. It's a procedural matter," he said. Meanwhile on Friday, during a taping of WBBM-AM radio's "At Issue" program, Peraica questioned his opponent's claims of being an independent candidate, noting she had financial backing from several lawyers, including one with Querrey and Harrow, the firm that does most of the defense work for the Cook County sheriff's office. Alvarez's spokeswoman, Sally Daly, noted Alvarez has a friendship with the lawyer, Dan Gallagher, not his firm. Peraica's campaign finance records show he, too, has multiple donations from fellow lawyers. "Mr. Peraica should spend less time maligning Ms. Alvarez and start worrying about his own legal problems," Daly said.)
By peraica should worry about himself, at 9:11 PM, February 09, 2008
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