BREAKING NEWS: Nordquist, Logli among defendants in class-action child custody suit

Seventeenth Judicial Court Associate Judge Steven Nordquist, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Paul Logli, Rockford attorneys Kathryn Bischoff and Daniel J. Cain, and Rockford Public School District 205 are among 12 defendants in a class-action child custody lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago May 16.

Other defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks a jury trial and a $300 million judgment, are St. Charles forensic psychiatrist Lyle Rossiter Jr., M.D.; Rockford counselor Brian Klaung; Roscoe licensed clinical professional counselor John Budzynski; Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) by Edwin McEwen, acting director; DCFS Administrative Law Judge Daniel Baechle; David Jacobsen and Brent Johnson of DCFS; and Oak Brook Terrace dermatologist Edward J. Keuer, M.D.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiffs Deborah Orlando Cooney of Cook County and Rhonda Griffith-Kraut and Julia Bornhuetter-Colloton of Winnebago County, alleges, “That each of the defendants have acted in consort to deprive the Plaintiffs, individually and other members of the class of their constitutional rights of due process under the Federal Constitution by depriving them of custody of their children without due process; without a hearing, in violation of various statutory provisions; falsifying ‘docket sheets’ which are the official record of court proceedings, and other actions as more fully set forth.

“Those actions were a proximate cause of the Plaintiffs’ and other members of the class sustaining substantial emotional and physical injury to themselves, and their children being deprived of the society of each other pursuant to the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Among citation of other precedents, the 41-page summary of the more than 1,000-page complaint alleges the First, Sixth and Fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution were violated.

The plaintiffs’ attorney, Stanley F. Kaplan of Chicago, alleged, “I have been in family law for 45 years, and I have never seen such egregious conduct.”

Kaplan said more plaintiffs may be added, and that any parent who has allegedly lost custody of his or her child without a hearing may be eligible.

Nordquist was fined $2,300, sentenced to a year of supervision and reassigned to preside over only civil matters in July 2006 after pleading guilty to driving under the influence charges. He was arrested June 30, 2006, after Rockford Police stopped him for driving 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. His blood alcohol level was 0.116. Illinois’ legal limit is 0.08.

From the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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