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Judge Maria Ciesel of Chicago; ethical goblin


The state of Illinois presented Maria Kuriakos Ciesel with a law license in 1990 after she graduated from DePaul University School of Law.


It is alleged that Judge Ciesel engaged in the following misconduct.

  • Failed to act in a competent manner
  • Improperly ordered the arrest of a party for being late to court via an arrest warrant issued at 9:05 a.m. even though the individual’s court hearing was scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
  • When the party’s lawyer advised Judge Ciesel “as an officer of the court” that the order she issued for the hearing was for 10:00 a.m., Maria threatened to have him arrested
  • Subsequently, Judge Ciesel had the Sheriff execute the warrant and raised the man’s bail on two separate matters from $1,000 to $25,000 for a total of $50,000
  • When the man’s attorney arrived at court, Judge Ciesel refused to read the court file evidence the hearing was scheduled for 10:00 a.m., so the attorney read the order to her and she refused to quash the warrant and then threatened to hold the attorney in contempt
  • The attorney then put his hands behind his back and stated firmly to her that he was fully prepared to be taken into custody if Judge Ciesel thought that pointing out the truth and making arguments constituted contempt

The above allegations were apparently provided in writing to Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., however, it appears that he refused to take any action against Judge Ciesel as is the case with the


Moreover, both the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board and the Illinois Supreme Court have also taken no remedial action against Judge Ciesel regarding the allegation set for above.


As we speak (ca. September 2020), Judge Ciesel continues to sit as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge in Chicago, Illinois.



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