Activist sues Cook County judge over arrest warrant

By Louie Torres | Jul 20, 2017

An activist and director of a nonprofit group is suing a Cook County Circuit Court associate judge, alleging he falsely issued a warrant for her arrest and caused intentional emotional distress.

CHICAGO — An activist and director of a nonprofit group is suing a Cook County Circuit Court associate judge, alleging he falsely issued a warrant for her arrest and caused intentional emotional distress.

Lisa J. Gillard, who is representing herself in the action, filed a complaint on June 15 in Cook County Circuit Court against Judge Clarence Lewis Burch and his estate, alleging the judge made false claims regarding the plaintiff.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges the judge damaged her reputation. The plaintiff holds Burch responsible after a supervisor in the circuit court alleged that Gillard made harassing phone calls to her. That allegation is false, the complaint says.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks general damages of $125 million, special damages and court costs. Her lawsuit also calls for the judge to be removed from the bench. 

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2017-L-006082

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