Ramon Ocasio III

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Ramon Ocasio III
6th Judicial Subcircuit of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Assumed office
2007 (2007)
Nominated by Democratically Elected
Preceded by Sub-Circuit Created
Personal details
Born (1962-09-20) September 20, 1962 (age 54)
Humboldt Park, Chicago
Political party Democratic
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater University of Illinois, B.A.
Northeastern University, J.D.
Profession Attorney

Ramon Ocasio III (born 1962) is a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, first elected in 2006 from the 6th Judicial Subcircuit.[1] The 6th Judicial Subcircuit is located in Chicago's north side.

Early life[edit]

A lifelong resident of Chicago, Ocasio graduated from Roberto Clemente High School in Humboldt Park. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign he went on to law school at Northeastern University.[2] Ocasio joined the bar in 1989, and spent four years as a public defender in criminal cases. He left his job as a public defender to run the Illinois Attorney General’s regional consumer fraud office in Chicago. Eight years later he would return to the public defender’s office, where he supervised 18 other lawyers. Before being elected judge, Ocasio served as president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois[3] and as a representative on the Inter-American Magnet School Local School Council.[4] In October 1996, while serving as President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Ocasio published a letter in the Chicago Tribune criticizing journalist Georgie Anne Geyer for anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic rhetoric.[5]

Campaign for judge[edit]

In 2006, Ocasio entered the race for Judge of the 6th Judicial Subcircuit. Although he was rated qualified to highly qualified by all 10 bar associations in Cook County,[6] the Democratic Committeeman chose to slate Ed Lechowicz, son of former State Senator and Cook County Commissioner, Ted Lechowicz. State Senator Miguel del Valle, State Senator Iris Martinez, and Chicago Alderman Rey Colon all endorsed and actively campaigned for Ocasio.[7] Lechowicz spent a total of $219,594.16 on his campaign[8] to Ocasio's $32,266.71.[9] Ocasio won with 43.33% of the vote; Lechowicz received 36.70% and Roxanne L. Rochester came in third with 19.97% of the vote.[10]

Judgeship[edit]

Immediately following his election Ocasio presided over Cook County's traffic court. Ocasio now presides over Cook County's criminal court.[11] In this capacity Ocasio had presided over several notable cases. Ocasio set a 3 million dollar bail for Daniel Lopez, a man accused of stabbing 3 people in a Walgreens in Chicago's south side].[11] Ocasio denied bail to Timothy Herring, Jr., who shot and killed Michael Flisk, a Chicago Police Department officer, and Stephen Peters, a retired Chicago Housing Authority officer.[12] Ocasio denied bail to Tommie Naylor, a mail carrier who kidnapped and raped two teenage girls.[13] In 2010 Ocasio upheld hate crime charges against 3 men accused of attacking and beating a gay man on the CTA's Red Line.[14] In July 2011 Ocasio denied bail to Daniel Jones, a man charged with shooting and wounding two Chicago Police officers.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Judge Ocasio is married to Norma Ramirez, and has no children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cook County 6th Judicial Subcircuit Map
  2. ^ Microsoft Word – 10clerkshiphandbook.doc. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  3. ^ Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois History. Prbalaw.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  4. ^ Elementary School Council Election Results. Chicago Tribune. October 11, 1991
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune letter to the editor. Articles.chicagotribune.com (1996-10-26). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  6. ^ "Here Comes the Judge?". The Week Behind. 2006-03-03.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ "The More Things Change". Chicago Reader. 2006-03-17.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ Friends of Edward J Lechowicz D-2 Semiannual Report. Elections.il.gov (2006-06-30). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  9. ^ Ramon Ocasio for Judge D-2 Semiannual Report. Elections.il.gov (2006-06-30). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  10. ^ On-Line Election Results Search
  11. ^ a b $3 million bail for stabbing suspect. Articles.chicagotribune.com (2011-08-04). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  12. ^ Bond Denied For Suspect In Cop, Former CHA Officer Murders. Chicago.cbslocal.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  13. ^ Accused rapist begs judge to free him from jail. Archive.chicagobreakingnews.com (2009-07-02). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  14. ^ 3 men charged with hate crimes after Red Line attack. Archive.chicagobreakingnews.com (2010-02-24). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  15. ^ Man Charged With Shooting 2 Police Officers On West Side. Chicago.cbslocal.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-06.