How seriously do the courts take Chicago gun cases? You be the judge.

OK! It’s time for another round of “You Be The Judge.”

We’ll lay out the allegations made in a few recent Chicago gun cases. Then, you get to guess how much bond a judge ordered them to pay (if any) to get out of jail before trial.

First up, Jermaine Baker.

Jermaine Baker and the handgun that police say he was carrying near the Argyle Red Line station. | CPD

Now, you may have seen this weekend’s story about the eleven teenagers who beat and robbed a 68-year-old man on the Red Line near Argyle last week. Police had to let the culprits go because the victim couldn’t identify them, even though the attack was captured on video.

But not everyone went home that night.

As police searched near the Argyle station for suspects, they came across a group of teens in an alley behind the 5000 block of North Broadway. Most of them ran away, but a few were detained, along with 32-year-old Jermaine Baker of southwest suburban Hometown.

Police say they searched Baker and found a loaded 45-caliber handgun in his “bulging” jacket pocket.

Baker was arrested and prosecutors charged him with felony unlawful use of a loaded weapon. 

Judge Susana Ortiz set Baker’s bail at….

Zero.

She released him on his own recognizance.

(Update February 1, 2021: According to court records, Baker pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of carrying a firearm and received a sentence of 18-months probation.)

Next up: Diandre Green of Gary, Ind.

Diandre Green and some of the items police allegedly seized from his vehicle. | CPD

Around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, members of the police department’s Boystown entertainment district patrol pulled Green over after he allegedly spun his wheels at a stop sign on Halsted Street.

Police say they saw two plastic cups of “suspected alcohol” in the front seat cup holders and, out of concern for their own safety, they asked Green to roll down his tinted rear windows.

As Green complied, he allegedly told police, “I have weapons. I’m licensed in Indiana.”

Cops immediately spotted the barrel of an AR tactical pistol sticking out from under the passenger’s seat and three rounds of ammunition on the driver’s-side floorboard, officers said in an arrest report. That sparked a full-on search of the vehicle that allegedly turned up another handgun with a laser sight attached; 80 rounds of ammunition; and three extended magazines with capacities of 15 rounds, 20 rounds, and 50 rounds.

Prosecutors charged Green with two counts of misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon, a misdemeanor vehicle registration violation, and city violations of possessing high capacity magazines, possession of a laser sight, possession of an assault weapon, and negligent driving. He was also accused of having an open bottle of Hennessey in his car.

What’s his bail?

Judge Ortiz released him on a recognizance bond, too. Although, she did order him not to drive.

Finally, there’s Anmar Hanoon.

Police accused Anmar Hanoon of having this gun in his vehicle while driving in Lakeview. | CPD

Last Tuesday evening, a 911 caller gave police the license plate number of a Dodge Durango after the vehicle’s driver allegedly flashed a gun near Clark and Grace in Wrigleyville. Cops found the vehicle in traffic on the 400 block of West Belmont and pulled it over.

Hanoon was driving it, police said. And when they asked if he had any weapons in the vehicle, Hanoon told them he had a gun in the glove compartment, according to an arrest report. And, sure enough, police say they found an unloaded handgun right where Hanoon allegedly said it would be.

Prosecutors charged the 25-year-old with felony unlawful use of an unloaded weapon and motor vehicle violations. Hanoon was on bail awaiting trial for a reckless conduct case at the time of the incident.

The bond amount set by Judge Ortiz? $300.

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