A white Chicago man is behind bars after slapping a 79-year-old Cook County judge in the face for smoking a cigarette near him.
Judge Arnette Hubbard was also spit on by David C. Nicosia, 55, and called “Rosa Parks” outside the Daley Center.
Monday’s attack outside the courthouse came as a shock to friends of Judge Arnette Hubbard, a silver-haired African-American jurist who was the first female president of the National Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association, both black lawyers’ groups. […] Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday that Hubbard was outside the Daley Center smoking a cigarette when she walked past David C. Nicosia, 55, who became angry that she was smoking near him.
The two argued and Nicosia, who is white, stepped near her face and said, “Rosa Parks, move,” and spit in her face, prosecutors said. As he walked away, the Law Division judge followed him and called out for assistance.
Nicosia then turned and allegedly slapped the judge on the left side of her face with an open hand, prosecutors said. He was then arrested by sheriff’s deputies and charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime.
Nicosia’s bail is $90,000.
Hubbard, who was born in Arkansas, began her legal career in 1969 working on civil rights cases. She spent several terms on the city’s election board as well as the cable commission.
Nicosia’s state records show that he has not prior convictions.
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