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Daley Will Not Testify In Park Grill Case

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jul 24, 2014 1:30PM

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Former mayor Richard M. Daley will not have to testify in the Park Grill case, a Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled late Wednesday after reviewing Daley’s medical records behind closed doors.

Daley’s attorneys had been seeking a “medical hardship” preventing him from taking the witness stand in the case. Lawyers for the Park Grill ownership group received a subpoena to compel Daley, whom they considered a star witness in their case against the city, to testify about what he knew about the 30-year lease awarded to the group in 2003.

Park Grill attorney Stephen Novack said his clients were disappointed in the ruling but after seeing the medical information, “it was the right thing to do.” Novack also indicated Daley’s memory has been affected since he gave a deposition in the case last year.

Daley is believed to have suffered a stroke last January. Judge Moshe Jacobius ruled earlier Wednesday that Daley’s medical records would not be viewable in open court.