In October 2005, the Chicago City Council approved the award to Mearday (1.75 million dollars)
Jeremiah Mearday, 29, pleaded guilty in 2006 to selling crack to an undercover police officer in Glendale Heights.(note: the arrest occured in Dec 05, two months after his award)
DuPage Judge George Bakalis sentenced him to 2 years of intensive probation and 180 days in the DuPage County Jail.(Wonder what the outcome would have been in Cook County)
Assistant State's Atty. Paul Marchese filed a notice of violation of probation earlier this year, contending that Mearday missed seven months of meetings with the probation department, failed a drug test that indicated the use of marijuana, refused to take another drug test and didn't have a job for a year, as stipulated by his probation requirements.
An assistant public defender was appointed earlier this year by Bakalis to represent Mearday after the defendant claimed he was broke. Mearday again said Monday that he was broke after Marchese asked Bakalis to charge the defendant for the use of the public defender.
If Mearaday split the award with his lawyer then he should have had approximately $875,000. That is more than 10 years pay for the average sergeant in this city and asshole is already broke in two and a half years.
Judge Bakalis sentenced Mearady to 4 years for violating his probation.
Lets get something straight here. The Trib claims Mearady "won a $1.75 million settlement after being beaten by Chicago police officers in 1997". No! The settlement wasn't because he was beaten but because it is expedient and it is how the city does business.