Judge charged with dropping loaded gun in courthouse


COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - A judge is facing a gun charge after he dropped a pistol in the courthouse lobby.

70-year-old Cook County Judge Joseph Claps is facing a misdemeanor after deputies said they saw him drop the gun in the lobby of the county's main criminal courthouse on July 3. They said it fell out of a jacket he had draped over his arm. 

He picked the gun up and put it in his pocket.

Deputies said it was loaded.

Weapons are prohibited in the courthouse.

He was reassigned to nonjudicial duties last week pending a meeting Wednesday of the circuit court's executive committee.

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