Judge Marvin “Let ’em go” Luckman retires

Judge Marvin Luckman (left) has retired from the bench after 26 years. | Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Marvin Luckman, who has overseen the early stages of North Side felony cases for more years than most attorneys before him can remember, has retired from the bench at the age of 85. Bagpipers played in Luckman’s honor Friday outside the Belmont and Western courtroom where he meted out justice.

Appointed to the bench in 1992, he long ago earned the nickname “Let ‘em go Luckman” for what some perceived to be a defendant-friendly bias. His affable nature and uncanny resemblence to Hollywood great Abe Vigoda did not go unnoticed.


The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Michael A Strom to replace Luckman. Strom is a clerk in the office of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans. Strom is expected to start on the bench next week. Given his previous tenure in Evans’ office, it is likely that Strom will also be a dispenser of “affordable bail” and leniency.

As we say good-bye to Judge Luckman, here are a few of our least-favorite Luckman rulings:

July 11: Judge throws out man’s robbery & stabbing case 
July 17: The man stabs Lincoln Park volleyball player 5 times (July 2016)

Freedom! Accused Of Participating In Armed Carjacking, Man Goes Free After Judge Slashes Bail (July 2018)

Man Found Waving “Huge” Knife On Clark Street Had Been Set Free By Criminal-Friendly Judge (January 2017)

Arrested 40 Times, Lakeview’s “In ‘n’ Out Burglar” Is Back (December 2017)

Grand Jury Reinstates Robbery Charges Thrown Out By Criminal-Friendly Judge (September 2016)

EASY PEEZY: Court’s A Cake Walk For 2 Frequent Arrestees (May 2015)

OVERRULED! Grand Jury Brings Charges Against Alleged Wrigleyville Cop Beater After Goofy Judge Threw Case Out (November 2016)

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