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Homer Glen lawyer-turned-defendant has bond increased again

Robert W. Gold-Smith
Robert W. Gold-Smith

JOLIET – A jailed Homer Glen attorney lost his bond reduction Tuesday after reportedly failing to obey the judge.

Robert W. Gold-Smith, who is representing himself on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his former wife, was given a lower bond amount Thursday by Judge Daniel Rozak. “No contact” with his former spouse was a condition of the $150,000 bond – which initially had been set at $350,000.

But on Friday, Will County jail staff intercepted a 14-page letter Gold-Smith was mailing to his former wife, Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Regis said.

“It took him less than 24 hours [after the hearing] to violate conditions,” Regis told Rozak.

Rozak reinstated the $350,000 bond. Gold-Smith did not object.

In November 2010, Gold-Smith’s then-wife sought an order of protection after he grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the face as they walked out of a courtroom, according to police. He has been in jail since March 2011 for allegedly violating that order of protection and approaching inmates to have her killed.

Last month, Gold-Smith testified former jail inmate Brian K. McDaniel whispered into the wire he was wearing, impersonating Gold-Smith, and lied to the grand jury for leniency in his own case. Rozak refused to toss out Gold-Smith’s indictment for solicitation of murder, but noted “some issues” with the case against him and urged the attorney to utilize the public defender’s office.

After his bond was raised again Tuesday, Gold-Smith spent nearly an hour arguing his right to a speedy trial had been violated. Rozak and prosecutor Adam Capelli reviewed court records and agreed the delays were results of motions by the defense and requests for documents.

Gold-Smith also asked for copies for the criminal records of McDaniel and three other informants, and Rozak ordered prosecutors to give those to him at his next court appearance.

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