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Federal judge orders arrest of two petition circulators with alleged ties to Madigan

Monday, Mar 25, 2019

* Unusual in a civil case…



* One of those being sought is Joe Nasella, who circulated petitions for the alleged put-up candidate Grasiela Rodriguez in the 2016 Democratic primary. Jason Gonzales finished second in that primary and he’s now suing Madigan’s organization.

Nasella has proved to be elusive. From last month

Two of the people named on nominating petitions as gathering signatures for Rodriguez, Frank Glass and Joseph Nasella, have been paid by Madigan-controlled political funds, state records show. […]

Gonzales’ attorneys have sought Nasella’s deposition, according to court records. So far, he has not sat for questioning, though Peraica told the Tribune that Nasella was served with a request after several months of failed attempts.

* The other person being sought is Mike Kuba, who also apparently circulated petitions for Rodriguez. From the order of contempt and body attachment

To effectuate this order, the United States Marshal is authorized to use necessary and reasonable force in entering and searching the premises in which Michael Kuba may be found.

Upon the arrest of Michael Kuba, the United States Marshal shall provide him with a copy of this order and bring him immediately before a United States district or magistrate judge in the district or districts in which he has been taken into custody. If Michael Kuba is found within the Northern District of Illinois he is to be brought before this court. The United States Marshal finally shall, to the extent feasible, notify the attorneys for the Plaintiff of the time and place that the Michael Kuba will be brought before the district or magistrate judge. Upon receipt of said notice, Plaintiff’s counsel is directed to immediately notify counsel for all Defendants by email.

Harsh.

Neither are apparently current members of the 13th Ward Organization. Nasella was a member, but was “dismissed” a “year or so ago,” I’m told by the Madigan camp.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments
  1. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:51 pm:

    I’m just gonna leave this right here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRuYrOKYf3c


  2. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:57 pm:

    What is this world coming to that we are now issuing arrest warrants for petition circulators. The two guys should have shown up, but this seems a little extreme.


  3. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:03 pm:

    I don’t see this as harsh. Disobey a judge especially a Federal judge and you will have problems


  4. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:32 pm:

    I guess the 13th Ward organization can only ignore subpoenas from judges Mike Madigan appoints not Federal judges.


  5. - Gooner - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:32 pm:

    The judge did what was necessary. Sit for a deposition. If you need to, plead the 5th.
    Unless there are warrants out for other matters, it is a simple process.
    The judge was right.


  6. - Emanuel Collective - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:35 pm:

    What would’ve been a non-story is now “Arrest warrants out for two Madigan-connected persons.” Yet another needless self-own from this organization.


  7. - illini - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:38 pm:

    I can remember, many years ago, I was on a date and got a parking ticket on Laclede’s Landing on the St. Louis Riverfront. And I was living back in Illinois at that time. I ignored it, but several months later I had a US Marshal knock on my door telling me that I needed to pay the parking ticket within 10 days or a warrant would be issued for my arrest.

    Needless to say, that parking ticket was paid the next day. Didn’t want to mess with the Feds.


  8. - Steve - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:39 pm:

    This isn’t normal situation for those who circulate petitions . There’s probably more to this story.


  9. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:39 pm:

    ===I don’t see this as harsh===

    Meh. It was just an aside. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of those body attachment thingies.


  10. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:39 pm:

    === What would’ve been a non-story is now “Arrest warrants out for two Madigan-connected persons.” Yet another needless self-own from this organization. ===

    It doesn’t sound like these two guys are with Madigans organization anymore so I’m not sure what more the organization could have done relating to this.


  11. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:40 pm:

    ===This isn’t normal situation===

    Ya think?


  12. - Steve - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:51 pm:

    Rich:

    I was being nice . They could be misunderstood idealists.


  13. - Gridley - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 6:26 pm:

    Where’s Lisa? Bet she won’t be representing her dad’s employees. She wasn’t a smart attorney.


  14. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 7:05 pm:

    Gridley, what’s with the drive-by insult? She argued and won a case before SCOTUS. Have you?


  15. - "Old Timer Dem" - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 7:25 pm:

    Dismissed from the organization? LOL.


  16. - Cheswick - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 8:29 pm:

    “Nasella was served with a request…”

    Don’t non-parties have to be served with a subpoena?


  17. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 8:52 pm:

    It’s not like these guys just owe a couple bucks to some debt collectors. If you won’t present yourself for the deposition, you deserve the bench warrant.


  18. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 6:07 am:

    Reminds me of when I was in college, I was at the cafeteria and someone wanted me to sign a petition for a candidate for the Natural Law Party. I had never heard of it before, although I had seen him several times with his clipboard. It sounded like something a bunch of nudists would back. So I asked him, What is the Natural Law Party? He told me he didn’t know, but they paid him for signatures.

    I don’t know what the court will learn from talking to these guys.


  19. - OneMan - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 8:46 am:

    == Dismissed from the organization? LOL. ==

    Why do I like to see this playing out like the discommendation in the STNG episode Sins Of The Father. Where they all look at Warf, cross their arms and turn their backs.


  20. - Ok - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 8:49 am:

    Do these two actually exist?


  21. - I Miss Bentohs - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 8:53 am:

    Is this the age old question of which is worse the original crime or the cover-up actions after the crime?


  22. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 9:16 am:

    Maybe the Feds should check the 40th Ward.


  23. - ConcernedCitizen - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 9:59 am:

    I have not followed this case closely, could someone explain to me what the illegal offense that happened?
    Also, just form the article….I am sure they have been given multiple chances to sit for a depo…judge did the right thing here.


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