JOLIET – A judge Thursday allowed an indictment to stand against a Homer Glen attorney accused of trying to hire someone to kill his former wife.
But Judge Daniel Rozak said Robert W. Gold-Smith, who is representing himself, raised arguments that will be given substantial consideration when his case goes to trial.
In November 2010, Gold-Smith’s then-wife sought an order of protection after police said he grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the face as they walked out of a courtroom.
The lawyer has been in jail since March 2011 for violating that order of protection and allegedly approaching inmates to have her killed, authorities said. But Gold-Smith said former jail inmate Brian K. McDaniel whispered into the wire he was wearing as if he were Gold-Smith and lied to the grand jury for leniency in his own case.
McDaniel is serving time in the Illinois River Correctional Center for 2013 theft and shoplifting convictions, but the judge said the informant’s character is not a pretrial issue and there’s no evidence the investigators lied to the grand jury about what McDaniel brought them.
Rozak reminded Gold-Smith of “the old saying” about a lawyer who represents himself and urged he ask to the public defender’s office appointed to his case again.
“I strongly, strongly, strongly, strongly suggest you get an attorney. I hate to be so blunt, Mr. Gold-Smith, but you’re a fool if you don’t,” the judge continued. “There are some issues [in the case against you] that could be properly developed and you could be miles ahead.”
Gold-Smith told the judge he would consider making that request at his next court appearance, then filed another pretrial motion.