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YORKVILLE – Several hearings for higher-profile Kendall County court cases will be pushed back due to the courthouse being on a reduced schedule because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Kendall County Chief Judge Robert Pilmer issued an order Tuesday, March 24 to move the jury trial for the $1.8 million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by a man who goes by James Doe against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert from April to July, according to court records. Pilmer wrote in the Tuesday order any matters that need to be addressed before trial will be covered during a 1 p.m. June 11 hearing, the jury trial setting now scheduled for 1 p.m. July 8 and the trial beginning 9 a.m. July 13.
Pilmer said while the county court is set to resume a full schedule after April 17 and the jury trial was set to begin April 20, "it is unlikely that the court would be able to obtain a sufficient number of prospective jurors for the case" by then.
Doe, a former wrestler at Yorkville High School, is suing Hastert – who served as a congressman from 1987 to 2007 and was U.S. House Speaker between 1999 and 2007 – for not paying in full an allegedly agreed upon $3.5 million in hush money. He has accused Hastert of sexually abusing him while Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at the high school.
Doe is suing Hastert for $1.8 million plus interest, from December 2014 to the date of payment, in the lawsuit that has been in court for more than two years. Hastert allegedly paid Doe $1.7 million between 2010 and 2014, according to court documents. Hastert is also countersuing Doe for the amount that was already paid, alleging that Doe violated their confidentiality agreement.
The James Doe and Hastert breach-of-contract case will have been in Kendall County court for four years on April 25.
Other cases that have been moved as a result of the reduced court schedule due to the COVID-19 coronavirus include the cases of Nehemiah Williams, 40, of Aurora and Kaitlin G. Minick, 22, of Yorkville.
Williams previously was found guilty of failure to report an accident related to the death of Amanda Stanton of Lockport and reckless homicide, which are Class 1 and 3 felonies respectively, by Pilmer during a bench trial that ended Jan. 15. Dawn Projansky, lawyer for Williams, filed a motion for Pilmer to reconsider his ruling or grant a new trial two weeks later.
Williams will now be due back in court 1 p.m. April 30, according to court records.
Minick recently was charged with six aggravated DUI counts after crashing into a hayrack ride carrying passengers near Plano last year. She is set to have her plea setting at 9 a.m. May 21, according to court records.