People v. Le Mirage, Inc.

Illinois Supreme Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2013 IL 113482
Decision Date: 
April 4, 2013
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co.
Justice: 
KARMEIER
Holding: 
Reversed and remanded.
Stampede at Chicago, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. Circuit court's prior orders, forbidding occupancy of the second floor of nightclub building in building code violation proceeding, were clear. Jury had access to court transcripts as exhibits, and any ambiguities as to willful disobedience of court orders were for the jury to weigh. A rational jury could have found that club owners were fully aware of what building court's orders prohibited and willfully disobeyed the orders. (KILBRIDE, FREEMAN, THOMAS, GARMAN, BURKE, and THEIS, concurring.)