‘An intellect, a bully, and a great judge’: Courthouse leader Vincent Gaughan set to retire after handling Chicago’s biggest cases
Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan officiates a 9/ 11 observance at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 11, 2018. - E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — During a rare pause in Courtroom 500 one recent morning, Judge Vincent Gaughan saw something he deemed outrageous: A spectator was sitting with his arms spread out on the back of the pew, chatting. “Sir! In the back! Don’t be talkin’ in my courtroom!” Gaughan yelled from the bench. “You could lose your liberty, do you understand? It’s not an outdoor movie show, either. Put your arms down.” The man put his arms down. He stayed quiet. Then a defendant was escorted into the courtroom screaming. “I BEEN SITTING 10 MONTHS FOR A CASE THAT I DIDN’T DO,” he said. “I BEEN SITTING 10 MONTHS FO...