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Appeals court rejects “friends” in Rahm’s case

Updated: January 14, 2011 10:48PM



The same panel of reknowned lawyers who tried and failed to weigh in as “friends of the court” on behalf of Rahm Emanuel’s right to run for mayor when his case was before the Chicago Board of Elections have been turned down by the state’s appellate court.

The appellate court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether Emanuel qualifies to run for mayor even though he rented out his North Side home while serving as President Obama’s chief of staff.

Board of Elections hearing officer Joe Morris acknowledged the fine reputations of the attorneys, retired judges and law professors among the “amici” or friends of the court. But he said they were not making any arguments Emanuel’s own able attorneys were not making. And he noted that three of them worked at the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw law firm hired to represent Emanuel, so they were not truly independent.

Those three attorneys are no longer listed in the friend of the court brief. Morris sided with Emanuel anyway, as did the Board of Elections and the Cook County Circuit Court.

A three-member panel of appellate justices issued an order without comment Friday denying the request by retired U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen and others seeking to file a friend of the court brief on Emanuel’s behalf.



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