Anthony Abbate – 2nd Status Hearing & Recap

The second status hearing for Anthony Abbate was held this morning at 10am. Here is a wrap up of the few key decisions made:

  • Anthony Abbate has filed an appeal to overturn his criminal conviction. An appeal could affect the use of the   criminal conviction in the police review board trial. The prosecution has been given 14 days to draft a legal memo re: employment discharge in case of an appeal of criminal conviction.
  • The appeal is still pending, thus no details are available to the public at this time.
  •  For now the trial date has been set for November 16, 17, and 23rd at 10am. However, the judge wants to reconvene October 1st for another status hearing to discuss the appeal or the possibility of Abbate’s voluntary resignation. There is a possibility that after discussion with the board, the judge may decide to delay the trial until December.

Just to show how frustrating this process has been, let’s take a look at the timeline of this case.   Anthony Abbate, a criminal and a cop, has been employed by the Chicago Police Department for 2 ½ years since he committed a felony. What does it take to fire a police officer who has clearly broken the law?

February 2007 – Anthony Abbate viciously attacks Karolina Obrycka. The beating is recorded by a security camera.

June 1, 2009 – Anthony Abbate appears in court; he is charged with aggravated battery in a public place, official misconduct, intimidation and communicating with a witness. His defense lawyer claims “She grabbed him and she tossed him around … like a rag doll.”

June 2, 2009 – Judge John Fleming convicts Anthony Abbate of felony aggravated battery but dismisses all other charges. With this conviction, he faces up to 5 years in prison.

June 23, 2009 – Judge John Fleming sentences Abbate to 2 years of probation and anger management classes.

July 7, 2009 – First Police Review Board Status Hearing.

August 19, 2009 – Second Police Review Board Status Hearing.

October 1, 2009 – Third Police Review Board Status Hearing

November 16, 2009 – Possible Trial

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