After controversy in Quincy, advocates question whether Illinois should require judges to undergo training on sexual assault cases

Judge Robert Adrian presides over the arraignment hearing of Timothy Bliefnick Friday in Quincy.

Judge Robert Adrian — MRN FILE PHOTO

Over the years, Carrie Ward’s organization, the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, has worked with law enforcement agencies and attorneys across the state on how to better understand the complexities of sexual violence cases.

But one part of the criminal justice system has been largely absent from that training: judges.

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