Cook Co. public defender to keep job

May 2, 2008 3:52:11 PM PDT
Cook County public defender Edwin Burnette will get to keep his job for now. A circuit court judge Friday afternoon issued a restraining order that will temporarily block county board president Todd Stroger from firing Burnette.

The two men are in a court fight over hiring in the public defender's office. Burnette claims that's why Stroger wants him out, but Stroger says the issue is about job performance.

The ruling means that a county board hearing on Burnette's future set for next Wednesday is now off.

Stroger's lawyers say they'll appeal the decision.