JOLIET – A Homer Glen lawyer convicted of trying to hire his wife’s murder claims the man who informed on him did the same thing in another case.
Robert W. Gold-Smith, 53, also said Friday morning that Assistant Public Defender Amy Christensen and Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Capelli have failed in their duties to the court, Judge Daniel Rozak has been biased against him since the beginning, and he’s considering hiring another lawyer.
“Do you want to argue your motion or do you want to take your second cheap shot of the morning at another attorney?” Rozak asked Gold-Smith, who filed a motion to introduce new evidence and a motion for a new trial.
Gold-Smith, a former bankruptcy attorney, is awaiting sentencing for solicitation of murder for approaching an inmate at the Will County jail in 2011 and offering money to kill his estranged wife.
Gold-Smith was in jail for allegedly violating an order of protection after he allegedly punched his wife outside a courtroom.
Gold-Smith is representing himself on the murder-for-hire case, and Christensen is representing him for the courthouse battery case. Gold-Smith filed a complaint against Christensen with an attorney disciplinary commission, which was determined to be unfounded.
“[She suggested] I plead guilty to [the battery] case – put a conviction on my record ... so the time I get goes toward the murder-for-hire case. The minimum [20 years] is a life sentence for a man my age, so what the hell does it matter?” Gold-Smith said.
Rozak said many defendants learn they “don’t get an automatic substitution” when they file complaints against lawyers and judges.
“You delay this every time. You’ve gone through more attorneys than all who were listed in the phone book when I started practicing law,” Rozak told Gold-Smith.
Gold-Smith said he learned while speaking to another inmate last month at the courthouse that Brian McDaniel was the informant in another murder-for-hire case.
“The odds of McDaniel’s [reliability] in both cases is infinitesimal,” Gold-Smith said.
Rozak, the judge who assigns all felony matters, was unable to recall any similar cases, but assigned Capelli to investigate if there is another pending murder-for-hire case involving McDaniel.