When will Carroll County State's Attorney Scott Brinkmeier tell the truth?
The whole truth
When will Carroll County State's Attorney Scott Brinkmeier tell the whole truth about the following?
His prior assistant state's attorney had a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship with a former defendant, which Scott Brinkmeier knew about.
Scott Brinkmeier did not fire the former assistant.
Officially, part of the reason I was disbarred was because I once kissed a former defendant. Despite the official reason, nothing suggests that Scott Brinkmeier has reported to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) the conduct of his assistant who had a longer, more substantial sexual relationship with a former defendant.
While a case was still pending, Scott Brinkmeier suggested that I consider dating the victim in the domestic abuse case after the case was resolved. I declined to consider the idea and stated that while case was pending, I was focused on the actions of the defendant and how the State should handle the case.
While working for Scott Brinkmeier, he explicitly ordered me not to report misconduct by other lawyers or by the associate judge unless the ethical rules absolutely required me to report the misconduct.
Scott Brinkmeier fired me on February 17, 2010.
He ordered me to remove all of my possessions from the office, give him the keys to the courthouse, give him the keys to the State's Attorney's office, give him the cell phone used by police to contact me if they had questions after business hours, and give him anything else belonging to the County.
He said that I was no longer an employee and that I did not have any power as an assistant state's attorney.
He gave me the option to officially resign, however, and if I did resign, he would tell the County Treasurer to pay me for approximately one week of vacation that I had not used as a way of giving me severance pay. If I did not resign, he would not allow me to be paid for my unused vacation time.
Whatever the accounting books say, my employment and power as Scott Brinkmeier's assistant firmly and unequivocally ended by 5:00 pm on February 17, 2010.
Whether or not he investigated, or had any police agency investigate, the allegations against me. If he investigated, or requested an investigation, what his professional opinion, as a criminal prosecutor with 19 years experience, was about whether or not the facts supported any criminal charge.
In March 2010, he did not charge me with a crime, ask the Illinois Attorney General to investigate, or report any information to the ARDC.
He did, however, give the ARDC phone number to the person making the allegations, who was not a lawyer—certainly not a criminal lawyer with 19 years of experience.
If Scott Brinkmeier truly believed that an ethical violation may have occurred, why did he not report the information himself?
The ARDC required, by law, that Scott Brinkmeier provide all documents (of a specific type) in his possession.
He did not provide all of the documents, including, but not limited to, emails, case notes, and signed felony charges against Aceley Foster that Scott Brinkmeier refused to file.
He did include documents, however, that were not in his possession.
As the State's Attorney, Scott Brinkmeier is in the executive branch, but he included non-public documents in the possession of the judicial branch.
Some of the documents were medical documents of a third-party and providing them almost certainly violated Illinois state law and Federal law by breaching the privacy rights of the person described in the documents.
There are many other details that Scott Brinkmeier has not told the whole truth about: the above list is only a sample.
Politics destroying lives?
Scott Brinkmeier knows that I did not commit a crime; if he thought I had committed a crime, he would have handled things very differently. In Illinois, the State's Attorney is an elected politician; Scott Brinkmeier must make decisions based on law and based on his political career. He fired me for political reasons, but he did not expect the ARDC to openly violate the law and disbar me. (See other pages where at least two ARDC lawyers admit that they were not following the law.)
I worked hard as a prosecutor, and the results are easy to verify. Because I worked 80-100 hours per week for the first six months, and 60-80 hours per week for the second six months, I was more prepared for court than past assistants. My preparation saved money for the county by resolving cases more quickly without sacrificing the integrity of the judicial process. My aggressive prosecution of domestic abuse cases in the first six months contributed to a near total stop of domestic abuse cases during the second six months I was the Assistant State's Attorney.
When Scott Brinkmeier fired me, he hurt me deeply, but he also hurt the people of Carroll County. Furthermore, because he has been trying to justify his actions and has refused to tell the whole truth, I have been unable to earn an income for four years. That damages all of the people who loaned money to me, my family, my friends, and our society in general. My skills, education, experience, and training have been mostly unused for four years. How much more damage is necessary before Scott Brinkmeier does the right things, such as telling the whole truth and speaking out against the abuses by the ARDC?
How far will he go to protect his political career? Will he facilitate serious criminal charges—felony sexual charges—against someone he knows did not commit a crime?
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