November 16, 2012
Sanction Proposed For Pistol Packing Prosecutor
The Illinois Review Board has recommended a suspension of four months in a case involving an encounter between the Union County State's Attorney (the respondent) and a process server:
Christopher Dees, a licensed private detective had been attempting to serve the Respondent with a summons in a federal lawsuit in which Respondent as the State's Attorney of Union County, Illinois was named as a defendant. Dees had tried to serve Respondent both at his office and his home, but had been unsuccessful. The record shows the Respondent was intentionally frustrating the service of the summons.
On the morning of March 19, 2008 between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. Dees approached the Respondent in the parking lot of the Union County Courthouse in an attempt to serve a summons and a copy of the complaint. According to the Hearing Board, Dees identified himself, displayed a badge, stated he was a process server, and called the Respondent by name. The Respondent pulled a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun from his pocket and pointed it at Dees. The Hearing Board reports that Dees identified himself again and the Respondent continued to point the gun at him. Fortunately, nothing more happened. Dees dropped the summons at the Respondent's feet and left. He then reported the incident to the Union County Sheriff's Department.
Respondent was found guilty of aggravated assault. (Mike Frisch)
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