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Homer Glen lawyer-turned-defendant thrown out of courtroom for talking

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

JOLIET – The Homer Glen lawyer convicted of trying to hire out his wife's murder also tried his Clark Gable impression for a courtroom bailiff Friday.

Robert W. Gold-Smith made a brief court appearance but was tossed out before his scheduled status hearing was held before Judge Daniel Rozak.

Gold-Smith, 53, is awaiting sentencing on a solicitation of murder conviction and has filed several post-trial motions asking Rozak to consider new evidence in his case. Gold-Smith has previously told Rozak as "a real jailhouse lawyer" he often discusses cases with other inmates from the Will County jail.

On Friday, Gold-Smith was seated in the jury box with other inmates when bailiff Cheryl Ferguson reminded him that talking before his case was called was a violation of the courtroom rules and he could be kicked out before his case was called.

"Throw me out, I don't give a damn," Gold-Smith told the bailiff.

So Ferguson did just that. Gold-Smith was escorted out by a sheriff's deputy. After visiting Judge Sarah Jones' courtroom where he faces a charge of witness tampering in the murder-for-hire case, Gold-Smith was brought back to Rozak's courtroom and given a date for his next court appearance. He also apologized to Ferguson for his outburst.

Gold-Smith, a former bankruptcy attorney, approached an inmate at the Will County jail in 2011 and offered money to kill his estranged wife, according to trial testimony. Gold-Smith was in jail for allegedly violating an order of protection after punching his wife outside a courtroom.

Gold-Smith told Rozak last month he believes the prospective hit man in his case set up another inmate in a similar case. Gold-Smith said a lawyer specializing in criminal defense may take over his case but no other attorney had filed to appear on his behalf as of Friday, according to court records.

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