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Sauer sued, Hampton gets new judge

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

* Daily Herald

Nick Sauer, the former state legislator facing criminal charges alleging he posted lewd images of two former girlfriends online without their consent, is being sued by one of those women.

Attorneys for Melissa Sue Kreithen, who dated Sauer in 2016, said in a statement Wednesday that the ex-lawmaker’s actions were humiliating, degrading and emotionally and mentally damaging to their client.

“She looks forward to her day in court so that Nick Sauer may be prosecuted civilly for the damages he has caused her,” the statement from the Chicago law firm Levin, Riback, Adelman & Flangel reads.

Daniel M. Locallo, who is leading the legal team representing Sauer in the criminal case, did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

* Meanwhile, from the Cook County Record

Chicago’s newest federal judge has been tasked with handling one of Chicago’s most politically explosive legal actions, brought by [Alaina Hampton] claiming Illinois Democrats, led by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, blackballed her after she complained a Madigan operative sexually harassed her.

On Sept. 16, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, chief judge of the Chicago-based U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, announced the lawsuit brought against Madigan and the Illinois Democratic Party, among others, had been among more than 340 other cases transferred to new U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger. […]

According to a release from the Northern District announcing his installment as judge, Seeger earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and his law degree from the University of Michigan. After law school, Seeger clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle, a Reagan appointee, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, before Sentelle was succeeded as that circuit’s chief judge in 2013 by Judge Merrick Garland. […]

* Speaking of which

Alaina Hampton says she is finally starting to heal emotionally, but she still wishes she could afford therapy. And she’s struggling to find work. […]

Hampton grew up downstate near Springfield and moved to Chicago for her first job. A child in a family of lifelong Republicans, Hampton started her career as a staffer for the Democratic Party of Illinois.

Soon, the then-23-year-old campaign staffer began working on underserved, low-income communities. She said she hoped by working to get good people elected she would be able to help improve the circumstances of those communities.

“I’m a political consultant,” she said. “But ever since all of my story became public, it has been obviously very difficult to get work. I spent a lot of time last year traveling and taking care of my mental and emotional health. And now, with campaign season starting, I might do a little bit of political work again, but I also bartend.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Question mark - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 1:44 pm:

    Hampton travels all over the world but can’t afford therapy? To each their own, but that sounds odd.

  2. - Nova - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 1:52 pm:

    Hampton said she traveled, not that she traveled “all over the world”. Travel could be the Mega Bus to Cleveland.

  3. - Flat Bed Ford - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    Question Mark,
    Perhaps traveling is her therapy?

  4. - Donnie Elgin - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 2:03 pm:

    Pedigree of new judge looks good for Hampton, Wheaton college grad and clerked for Reagan judge.

  5. - Rolly Fingers - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 2:15 pm:

    Hampton does not have enough experience running campaigns to be a “political consultant” does she?

    Seems she would have more luck going in-house for an advocacy organization. Which would include insurance. Which would mean therapy.

    I wish her luck.

  6. - danray - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 2:57 pm:

    Don’t think Mega Bus goes to the Sahara Desert in Egypt. Click the NPR link and there’s a pic with a camel.

  7. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 3:02 pm:

    ===Don’t think Mega Bus goes to the Sahara Desert===

    Read the article.

    A clarification: Before this story was written, Hampton explained in an email that her inability to get therapy is compounded because “therapy notes are discoverable in my lawsuit, I feel fear seeing a therapist because the notes can be subpoenaed.'’

  8. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 3:34 pm:

    When a new judge gets installed in the Northern District they get an instant caseload that comes from among the other judges, usually cases they want to pawn off on the new kid on the block.

  9. - Fantasma - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 3:39 pm:

    So can she not afford therapy or she’s worried about notes being discoverable.

  10. - James - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    All the reported phone conversations between her and K Quinn indicated she was a highly effective and respected precinct captain for the Madigan organization. It will take some time, but she won’t lose her communication skills, and at age 23, I expect she’ll be successful in her next career.

  11. - Sonny - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 4:02 pm:

    Therapy is $20 a session if you have decent insurance. $350 a session without it. Ask around or Google before posting.

  12. - Shytown - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 4:03 pm:

    To those making a stink about her “travel” why don’t you go crawl back under that Madigan rock you came from?

  13. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 4:54 pm:

    Reassignment of cases to a new judge is random to even out the caseloads.

  14. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 5:40 pm:

    Ron - This goes back a few years, but some friends who were appointed to the federal bench thought it was somewhat less than completely random then. If they had a case close to disposition they would hang on to that, and get rid of something else, usually one they didn’t want. But again, that was a number of years back. The federal randomness was much more so than the old days at 26th Street where “random” assignments meant that some judges would always get the high press “heater” caes, and other judges would never get them.

  15. - Lucy the Shrink - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 6:11 pm:

    Pretty sure therapy sessions qualify under doctor-patient confidentiality…

    I have never once testified against Charlie Brown, even with all of his secrets I know…

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