On the Thursday before Christmas, a larger-than-normal Zoom gallery was treated to three Chicago attorneys attacking the media, led by Hurst Robin Kay & Allen’s Brian Hurst for their coverage of the Marty Paris Jailing. Nearly a dozen court observers witnessed Hurst’s outburst, but one man was noticeably absent from the Hon. Abbey Fishman Romanek’s court, Hurst’s former client Frank “Marty” Paris, Jr. He sat in Cook County Jail. Technical glitches kept him off Zoom for the beginning of the proceeding.

The December 21st hearing covered Paris’ attempt to get out of jail to see his children for Christmas. According to documents reviewed by ALABnews, Paris has not been accused of a crime. According to a filing the day before the hearing by Paris attorney Glenn Udell, Mr. Paris’ “Chapter 7 petition clear[ly] divests him of the ability” to get out of jail.

As we earlier reported, Hurst worked with Paris’ ex-wife’s lover to send his former client to jail for non-payment of bills after dumping him as a client.

As soon as Judge Romanek remarked on the size of the crowd, Hurst, who was released from attending any hearing nearly two months ago, attacked both ALABnews Publisher, Judiciocracy CEO Edward “Coach” Weinhaus, Esq., and the “Chicago Record” for attending.  Weinhaus refused comment for this story on anything related to Hurst, citing potential conflicts disclosed in earlier stories (linked above). Other courtroom observers included Paris’ sister, mother, and his ex-wife, Kerry Paris.

Multiple attorneys also found interest in the case. One attorney showed up in person to Judge Romanek’s Courtroom #3008 but was denied entry. He phoned in from outside the door on the 30th floor of the Daley Center.

Hurst’s pique was raised by the previous news coverage of having had his own client jailed, first reported by the Cook County Record (not the “Chicago Record”). Apparently, Hurst’s pursuit of his ex-client for bills was so  aggressive he was included in a “Body Attachment Order.” Hurst accused Judiciocracy’s CEO of publishing the “judge’s picture on the front page” of the “Chicago Record.”

Coach, thought to be the thinnest skinned among the attorneys on the call, had no visible reaction to any of his fellow Illinois attorneys’ attacks in court. He stated his correct affiliation to Judge Romanek.

Jon Bilyk of the Cook County Record also later corrected Hurst’s accusations against Coach to Judge Romanek.

Although Paris wasn’t on the Zoom call for Hurst’s outburst, he later arrived under the Zoom heading “CCDC Female.”

Mr. Paris heard two other attorneys about media exposure, following Hurst’s diatribe. Both Tom Cronin of Cronin & Co and Donald Angelini, Jr of Ori Law Group lambasted the media for showing any interest in Paris’ claims of inability to pay the required amounts to attain freedom.

Hurst, Cronin, and Angelin as Chicagoland attorneys attacking media for unfavorable coverage is nothing new.

In 2022, ALABSeries podcast was court-ordered to record a make-up episode after Coach took issue with their criticism of him. They had falsely accused Coach of taking his own children to court and failed to report that he had won redress one court below the United States Supreme Court, both while in law school. Upon Coach becoming an attorney, he sued them to correct the record.
A Northwestern law grad recently threatened suit against ALABnews parent Judiciocracy LLC for reporting court sanctions.
When lawyers fight back against the media it can be entertaining. But it can also have substantial consequences for those involved and the public.  After Coach’s lawsuit against the ALAB group, he effectively took over the ALAB brand on-air. Slate called the court-ordered episode one of the ten best podcast episodes of the year in 2022. The former ALAB group stopped hosting new episodes thereafter and ceded the “ALAB” name to Coach. He has since overseen this ALAB-branded publication and others.  Coach refused comment on the matter citing confidential terms of settlement with the the former ALAB hosts.

Paris was unavailable for comment, although it is unlikely he found the media coverage entertaining. According to a source in the Cook County Department of Corrections,  Hurst’s former client attended the hearing in handcuffs.

Hurst had also asked Romanek if Paris’ recent bankruptcy filing mooted the Body Attachment Order which includes benefit to Mrs. Paris’ lover. Judge Romanek informed him that it did not, such that Hurst’s claim against Paris was still valid to collect allegedly unpaid legal bills. Cronin and Angelini, who work for the ex-Mrs. Paris, vigorously argued that Paris should remain jailed until he paid. Mrs. Paris’ lover was not present.

Bilyk reported that at the end of the proceeding, Paris was ordered to stay in jail unless he could come up with $300,000. According to several attendees who had been observing Hurst rapidly alternating between having a hand covering his forehead leaning forward and arms crossed clutched at the elbows during the proceeding, Hurst had already turned off his camera before the final ruling.

After the Paris matter, Judge Romanek conducted two separate emergency hearings for protection orders. In each case, a minority woman sought physical protection from the father of her children. Neither father was present. In each case, Judge Romanek granted the temporary relief and set the case for further hearing.

Coach quipped on the later proceedings: “Neither woman needed a lawyer and neither father was imprisoned.”

Mr. Paris sits in jail at time of publication..