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CHICAGO, IL – On September 21, 2022, the Chicago Police Department filed a complaint against Circuit Judge Carl B. Boyd, alleging that, on September 20, Judge Boyd committed the offense of domestic battery, in violation of 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2(a)(l), a Class A misdemeanor.
Following a September 21 meeting of the Circuit Court of Cook County Executive Committee, I issued an order assigning Judge Boyd to restricted duties or duties other than judicial duties in the office of the First Municipal District Presiding Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., subject to further order of the court. Wednesday’s order was issued to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and is effective immediately. Also, as a result of the Executive Committee meeting, this matter has been referred to the Judicial Inquiry Board.
The Executive Committee is composed of the Circuit Court’s presiding judges.
Also, I have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to assign a judge from outside of Cook County to hear Judge Boyd’s criminal case, to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
Up until the date of his arrest, Judge Boyd had been fulfilling his assignment in the Sixth Municipal District in Markham, Illinois.