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Cook County judge arrested in Hinsdale

HINSDALE, IL – A Hinsdale man charged with DUI is an associate judge on the Cook County Circuit Court, DuPage County attorneys confirmed Wednesday.

Mohammed M. Ghouse, 47, works in the community department of the Bridgeview Courthouse. This section handles a number of offenses, including DUIs.

Hindale Police reported that Ghouse was arrested around 8:30 p.m. on November 23 on the 700 block of South Garfield Avenue on charges of DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was released on bail.

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Ghouse refused to take a blood alcohol test, police said.

Cook County Circuit Court spokeswoman Mary Wisniewski said Wednesday she was seeking information on Ghouse’s situation.

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Ghouse could not be reached for comment.

Patch filed a public record request for the full report on Ghouse’s arrest.

Press releases on the District Court’s website show how the court deals with accused judges.

In 2018, Assistant Judge Joseph Claps was given administrative duties after he was charged with carrying a hidden weapon into a prohibited area. He was later acquitted.

In 2008, District Judge Sheila McGinnis was given administrative duties after being charged with DUI and failing to slow down to avoid an accident. Like Ghouse, she worked in the department that hears DUI cases. She was convicted but won two more elections.

Ghouse was named Associate Judge in April 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago in 1998 and his law degree from DePaul University in 2004.

Before he became a judge, he worked in his own practice.

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