COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Angry about his legal troubles, a string of swear words spewed from Isaac Booker's mouth as he descended the stairs of the Cook County Criminal Courthouse, prosecutors said.
At the bottom of the stairway, in the high-ceilinged lobby of the historic building at 26th Street and California Avenue, a student group gathered as a tour guide explained the inner workings of the justice system, Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.
Hoping to shield the students from the stream of profanity, a sheriff's deputy on duty there told Isaac Booker — who had made the trip to the courthouse Wednesday for a hearing in the attempted murder case against him — to stop swearing, the deputy said.
When she placed a hand on Booker's arm to escort him out of the building, he spun around and pushed her with both hands hard into the wall and then took a swing at her, Scaduto said.
At the time, Booker was out on $150,000 bond for a case in which he and his son are accused of trying to kill another man. Instead of going home after his court appearance Wednesday, he was taken into custody.
On Thursday, when he appeared in bond court on the new charge of aggravated battery, a Cook County judge ordered him held in lieu of $250,000.