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Homer Glen lawyer-turned-defendant shares profane opinion of judge

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

JOLIET – A Homer Glen attorney who is defending himself on solicitation of murder charges was removed from a courtroom Friday after an expletive-laden outburst.

Robert W. Gold-Smith, 53, appeared before Judge Daniel Rozak on a pending motion to bar recordings of phone calls made from the jail from being used in his upcoming trial.

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, police said. He has been locked up since March 2011 for allegedly violating that order of protection and approaching jail inmates to have her killed in exchange for money.

Though it appeared Gold-Smith was being kept in general population at the Will County jail earlier in the week when he appeared in court, the yellow jumpsuit he wore Friday indicated he was moved to the "Discipline" unit.

Gold-Smith began discussing a recent search of his cell and made reference to files being taken, which he said "undermine" his case. As he has during previous court sessions, Rozak reminded Gold-Smith that acting as his own attorney did not warrant the judge ordering changes in any procedures at the jail.

"I have nothing to do with [their rules]," Rozak said.

"You're full of [expletive]," Gold-Smith said.

"Goodbye, Mr. Gold-Smith," Rozak said calmly and indicated for a sheriff's deputy to remove the defendant.

Gold-Smith repeated his assessment of the judge and then addressed the same line twice to the deputy as he was taken from the courtroom.

Gold-Smith is expected to return to court Dec. 22 to check on subpoenas that have been issued for his trial scheduled for January.

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