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Ex-Lake County judge convicted of resisting arrest, acquitted of DUI

David Hall

David Hall

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Updated: July 16, 2012 4:41PM

A former chief judge in Lake County was found guilty Monday of resisting arrest but acquitted of drunken driving.

Judge F. Keith Brown delivered the verdict against David Hall, who was arrested early April 26, 2008, in Vernon Hills.

He then sentenced Hall to 1-1/2 years on conditional discharge, fined him $1,000 plus court costs, and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

Police had said Hall rolled up his car window on an officer who pulled him over, prompting them to pepper-spray him

A blood test taken after the arrest showed Hall had a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent — higher than the .08 legal limit.

But Brown in 2010 threw out those test results, ruling proper medical protocols weren’t followed in taking the sample after Hall was brought to a Libertyville hospital

Hall later filed an excessive force lawsuit against the two officers who arrested him — including one who died of a heart attack six weeks later.

Hall, of Waukegan, worked as an attorney for 13 years before he was appointed an associate judge in 1989. He was elected a full circuit judge in 2000.

He announced his retirement in April, saying he was diagnosed with ALS last year. Also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

“My vocal chords, throat and tongue muscles are affected. The symptoms started a year ago ... once I came to a full understanding of my health, I decided it was time to retire,” Hall said in April.

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