Special Prosecutor Named to Probe LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department

LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne took offense at not being allowed to prove the charges against the Sheriff's Department.

LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne took offense at not being allowed to prove the charges against the Sheriff’s Department.

Take the clothes off a woman (maybe more) in the LaSalle County Jail, have attorney Terry Ekl ask for a Special Prosecutor and what happens?

Even though LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne took offense at being taken out of the loop, Chief Circuit Court Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. apparently bought Ekl’s argument that it would create an appearance of impropriety if the State’s Attorney prosecuted the case.

The Appellate Prosecutor was named to take on the task of looking at the actions of LaSalle County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Attorney Terry Ekl said that having the LaSalle County State's Attorney investigate whether Dana Holmes and others were illegally striped of their clothes would create the appearance of an impropriety for the LaSalle County  State's Attorney.

Attorney Terry Ekl said that having the LaSalle County State’s Attorney investigate whether Dana Holmes and others were illegally striped of their clothes would create the appearance of an impropriety for the LaSalle County State’s Attorney.

That leaves Ekl and James Sotos, the same attorney who is defending McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren in the wrongful termination suits filed by Zane Seipler and Scott Milliman, to fight out the civil case in Federal Court.

Ekl successfully defended McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and three of his staff members when Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen, appointed by then-Associate Judge Gordon Graham (subsequently elected Circuit Judge), filed criminal charges against him

The story from the News-Tribune, which serves LaSalle County, can be found here.

LaSalle County is controlled by the Democratic Party.


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Special Prosecutor Named to Probe LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department — 2 Comments

  1. It ought to be a no-brainer that the LaSalle County State’s Attorney cannot both prosecute and defend the deputies of the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department.

    Why should it take a judge to decide that?

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