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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, March 5, 2005

Judge Lefkow's Case: UPDATED

A $50K reward is being offered for information about the murder of U.S. District Judge Lefkow's husband and mother.  Sketches of two suspects have been released by the Chicago Police Department and are available in's story.  Although law enforcement is focusing on white supremacist groups, jailed white supremacist Michael Hale, awaiting sentencing by another judge for threatening Judge Lefkow's life, has denied any involvement in the murders, and in a statement from Hale, released by his mother, he said, "There is no way that any supporter of mine could commit such a heinous crime...I totally condemn it and I want the perpetrator caught and prosecuted...I only hope they sincerely wish to apprehend the animal instead of railroading the innocent."   Hale’s father, Russell Hale, who is a retired East Peoria police officer Russell Hale, said his son realizes that "it’s going to bode terribly bad for him if they don’t find out who did this." reports: "Jail officials moved Hale this week from a cell with a radio and legal materials he used while serving as his own attorney to a cell with nothing but a bed, sink and toilet, his father said. He said jail officials gave no reason for the move."  In the meantime, Judge Lefkow is showing tremendous strength and courage.  She and her four daughters are living in an undisclosed location under 24-hour police protection, and despite this tragedy, Judge Lefkow fully intends to return to the bench.  "I think we (judges) all sort of go into this thinking it’s a possibility, but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you because it’s so unthinkable," but, "Nobody is going to intimidate me off my duty," said Lefkow in an interview. More... [Mark Godsey]

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