WTVP - Interesting People
Interesting People - a WTVP series hosted by Ed Sutkowski—features half-hour conversations of thoughtful dialogue with ordinary individuals who have achieved extraordinary measures of success in the arts, business, communications, education, science and sports.

"Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
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Ed Sutkowski, Host of "Interesting People"
Episode #1303 -
Stuart P. Borden & John A. Barra
Stuart P. Borden, John A. Barra, and  Ed Sutkowski
Stuart P. Borden, John A. Barra, and Ed Sutkowski
Stuart P. Borden, Retired Circuit Judge
Stuart P. Borden, Retired Circuit Judge
John A. Barra, Retired Circuit Judge
John A. Barra, Retired Circuit Judge
Host Ed Sutkowski talks with Retired Circuit Judges Stuart P. Borden and John A. Barra.
Original Air Date(s): 10/10/2014
Biographical Information
Stuart P. Borden, Retired Circuit Judge
photo of Stuart P. Borden Retired Judge Borden is from Wyoming, Illinois. He was Stark County's State's Attorney then was appointed as an Associate Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. He was elected Stark County Circuit Judge and retained as Circuit Judge again in 2006. He served as chief judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit from August 2007 through 2010. Judge Borden retired from the bench in 2012. Among Judge Borden's interesting cases was one relating to Karen McCarron's attempt to secure a retrial for murdering her autistic daughter, Katie, by reason of alleged incompetence of trial counsel. Judge Borden disagreed, finding that trial counsel's conduct "did not fall below an objective standard of reasonableness."
John A. Barra, Retired Circuit Judge
photo of John A. Barra Retired Judge Barra of Pekin, Illinois was an assistant State's Attorney for Peoria County from 1974-1980, served as the Peoria County State's Attorney from 1980-1988 and was elected a circuit judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 1988. He served as the chief judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit from August 2001 until his term ended in 2006. Judge Barra retired from the bench in 2009. Among Judge Barra's interesting cases was one relating to the battle over the characterization of a free weekly newspaper as news or litter. Judge Barra ruled that distributors could toss the East Peoria Times-Courier on private but not public property. More specifically, "when the plaintiff tosses the newspaper onto private property, it clearly intends for the homeowner to pick it up and read the material and the ads. The Plaintiff does not intend to discard the newspaper. Doing so, therefore, cannot be littering."
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