Kenosha woman accused of punching Illinois judge on train

Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-13 09:11:20-04

A Kenosha woman is accused of punching an Illinois judge in the face on a Metra train Saturday, according to NBC Chicago. 

Elizabeth Pope, 33, was reportedly verbally abusing her son when a 57-year-old Lake County judge also on the train stepped in, court records say.

Pope allegedly told her son during the tirade, “You are a f------ idiot.” The judge made eye contact with the boy and told him he was not an idiot.

Pope, who reportedly smelled of alcohol, told the judge to stop talking to her son. She then attacked the judge, punching her and hitting the judge in the face with a cellphone. 

The judge was bleeding, pleading with passengers to get the conductor. When the conductor arrived, the woman was taken off the train and arrested. 

The judge was rushed to a Chicago hospital and needed five stitches in her upper lip. 

Pope was charged with aggravated battery in a public place. She has two previous battery convictions and another pending battery case. 

“You beat a woman because she had the audacity to show support for your son,” Cook County Judge Michael R. Clancy told Pope in court Sunday. Her bail was set at $70,000. Clancy also ordered Pope to be placed on electronic home monitoring if she posts bond.