Hon. Suzanne C. Mangiamele See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
McHenry County
Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit
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* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

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* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL2101
While she reads every line of every file, that the extent of the positive commentary that can be made about her. She claims to know and understand foreclosure law, and for the most part does, but she allows emotion to prevail over the law. For example, if a mortgagor asks for additional time (beyond 30 days) in which to stay in a property after confirmation of a sale, she will give that to them even though there is no basis in the law for allowing it. She will do this knowing that such a decision will never be appealed and knowing that it is illegal.

She also requires original documents on all files despite the fact that McHenry County provides for electronic filing of all documents, which means that originals are only required if the opposing parties challenge something that was filed.

She has been relegated to hearing only foreclosure cases likely because of the massive amount of complaints against her in her other assignments, but she has found a way to avoid the law and rule based on feelings. That is no way to act as a judge.

If a judge cannot rule based on the law, then that person should not be a judge.