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Judge won't immediately rule on motions in Bull Valley man's drug trafficking case

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather out sick

WOODSTOCK – Pending motions in the case of a man accused of operating a cross-country marijuana trafficking ring were postponed Friday because the presiding judge in the case is ill.

David A. Soskin appeared Friday afternoon in McHenry County court with his attorney, Nicholas Giordano. Soskin’s fiancée, Jamie M. Lee, who also is charged, was seated in the gallery with her four children for the hearing in front of McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt.

The case was up for a routine check-in, but attorneys questioned the judge about pending motions, including inquiries into the condition of the Bull Valley couple’s former home. Wilbrandt refused to rule on any aspect of the case until McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, who has presided over the case, returned from being out sick, or until he could better familiarize himself with the facts.

Wilbrandt has been filling in for Prather the past week. If the judge still is out Jan. 16, Wilbrandt will preside over the hearings then, he said.

Soskin and Lee were arrested in May after police found about 350 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $3.2 million, in a locked closet in the master bedroom of their mansion. Both have been charged with marijuana trafficking and face a minimum of 12 years in prison if convicted. They have pleaded not guilty.

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