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Judge: Trial remains on schedule for Homer Glen lawyer-turned-defendant

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

JOLIET – With his trial date fast approaching, a Homer Glen lawyer-turned-defendant continues to bring up pretrial issues in his solicitation of murder case.

Robert W. Gold-Smith, 53, appeared Wednesday before Judge Daniel Rozak to renew his argument to be allowed to refer to felony convictions of the informants against him beyond those in the past 10 years.

Gold-Smith has been in jail since March 2011 for allegedly violating an order of protection filed by his then-wife in November 2010. He reportedly began approaching other jail inmates to have his wife killed, including Brian McDaniel, who agreed to wear a wire for detectives. McDaniel has a rap sheet going back to the 1970s, but Rozak feels the eight felony convictions he’s received since 2005 will show enough of his character when the case is decided.

“Based on [McDaniel’s] history, it would’ve been appropriate to sentence him to 10 years, but he got a spectacular deal and received a year’s probation, which you will be able to [bring up],” Rozak told Gold-Smith.

Gold-Smith said he may need additional time to review the prosecution’s recent turnover of the other informants’ criminal history, but Rozak did not agree to postpone the trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

“Now you’ve [confirmed] they’re all convicted criminals and the state will have to confront that. How are you [hindered]? If anything this has just improved your case,” the judge told the defendant.

Rozak agreed to issue an order to the Will County jail staff allowing Gold-Smith to bring throat lozenges he purchased in the commissary with him to court. Gold-Smith also said being shackled makes it difficult to carry “two large accordion files” when he comes from jail.

“I will also sign an order that the jail staff is to ensure you can bring over any files you need,” Rozak said.

Gold-Smith is scheduled to return to court for another pretrial session Thursday.

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