Hon. Joe Billy McDade See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
C.D.Ill.  
Average Rating:9.3 - 4 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 8456
Rating:9.3
Comments:
Most of my professional experience in thirty years of criminal defense has been appearing in this court.

Litigant

Comment #: 3786
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge McDade presided over my trial. After my attorney screwed my case up and I was trying to explain the errors to him, he reacted very unprofessionally and chastised me for wasting his time. He also ragged about two pro-se motions I did on my case and how they were "completely meritless." But when his favorite public defender was appointed he was more than happy to voice how he felt about the "potential" merit in the motions my attorney "adopted." Then during my sentencing he chastised me about complaining baout my attorney in a habeas corpus proceeding and that he "didn't want to hear any complaints" about the attorney. Needless to say, I was screwed beyond belief and did 7.5 years in prison for some silly bullshit that Joe Billy ramrodded through "his court." Not to mention this in my rambling, but Joe Billy also prejudiced my jury pool by explaining his rise up from being a too-tall cotton-picking black youth in Texas to making his way through law school and on to the bench. Joe Billy clearly has a GOD COMPLEX and should not sit the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1698
Rating:8.8
Comments:
Judge McDade is willing to listen and let the lawyers be lawyers. He does not take offense or criticize lawyers for trying to represent their clients in adverse circumstances. He treats the litigators with deference as he expects to to be treated as the jurist.