Illinois Judge Charged With Carrying Concealed Weapon
CHICAGO, IL — July 12, 2018
Security cameras captured Cook County Judge Joseph Claps, 70, dropping a handgun while inside the lobby of a courthouse on Chicago’s South Side.
Later he was arrested and charged with a Class B misdemeanor for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area
According to the video, he stopped, picked up his gun and put it in his pants pocket.
“The video speaks for itself,” said Cara Smith of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
In his defense, Claps explained that he has a firearm owner's ID card and a concealed carry license.
The veteran judge was not taken into custody at any point, Sheriff Smith said.
“(Claps) was nothing but cooperative throughout the whole process,” Smith added.
Claps was released on his own recognizance and was scheduled to appear in court July 19. In addition, he may be relieved of his post. The length of his suspension from duty could range from 61 days to three years.