Ah, the perils of a glowing account. Sun-Times reports judge retires to acclaim — without mention of past bad ratings

​Cook County Judge Evelyn Clay set to retire this summer:


“You could not ask for a more fair, even-tempered judge,” said attorney Jim McKay, who as an assistant state’s attorney led the prosecution at [Andre] Crawford’s 2009 trial [at which he was convicted]. “I’m sorry to hear she’s going.”

Known for her generally reserved temperament on the bench, Clay earlier this month . . .

​It was not always so, as in this 2009 urging by NBC Chicago to “throw the judges out”:​

Evelyn B. Clay [per Chicago Bar Assn.].

“Concerns were raised about Judge Clay’s knowledge of the law and poor judgment in making insensitive comments from the bench.”

The Chicago Council of Lawyers also found Clay unqualified. “[She] sometimes exhibits indecision on the bench and inconsistencies in her rulings.”​

​The perils of being a nice guy — at readers’ expense.​

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