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Edgar County Named in Civil Rights Lawsuit

March 22, 2012   ·   10 Comments

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DID YOU KNOW? 

While investigating other county related matters a search pulled up a Federal Civil lawsuit that had Dee Burgin’s name in it. 

Turns out it has not only Mr. Burgin’s name on it but the names of several other people named to include County of Edgar, all named as defendants. 

You can download the complaint:

www.edgarcountywatchdogs.com/Edgar County Civil Suit/FederalSuit.htm

filed on the case and read it for yourself  as it is rather interesting reading, but maybe not to surprising knowing Edgar County history. The last action on this case were documents filed just 2 days ago.  Both the complaint and the response to the case are downloadable at the link above.

What we do find interesting is that after contacting a county board member to get some information on this we find that he had NO CLUE the county was named in a Federal Civil Rights Law suite.  How is that possible? 

We have done a pretty good job reporting on things and uncovering things but this one is pretty shocking to say the least.  How is a case like this kept so quite that not even a county board member was aware of it?  Anyone ever see this in the paper?

We are not implying that there was any type of cover-up or conspiracy but we would like some answers on some things.

I have asked the States Attorney why the County is being represented in this case by a private law firm instead of his office as it’s our understanding that the States Attorney is duty bound to represent all matters on behalf of the county.  We have not gotten a response from his office but will keep you posted when we do.

We suspect what has happened is the insurance company for the county is handling the legal expense and has hired the law firm, but were still working on that confirmation.  We have submitted a Freedom of Information Request to the Treasure to determine if any county money has been spent on this case.  If so, we will report on it. 

People named in the suit:

TERRY ROGERS in his individual capacity,

DEE BURGIN, in his individual capacity,

ROBERT WILSON, in his individual capacity,

BEVERLY WEGER, in her individual capacity,

and County of  Edgar,Illinois

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Readers Comments (10)

  1. Kirk Allen says:

    ALL the documents came from the PACER.gov web site where ANYONE can download ANY federal case. NOTHING has come from ANYONE in Edgar County on this story to include the Sheriffs office.

    Interesting accusation with no basis of fact.

    One sided? Are you serious? We named each person in the story that is listed on the docet in this case. We provided links to the very documents that we downloaded from the PACER web site that had the meat of the case.

    We used the Burgin photo as it was the only photo we had of those named. The meat of the story is not about Burgin its about the fact the county is being sued again and the public was not informed.

    There are several documents we did not link to becuase they were insignificant in regards to the point of the story. Single page motion documents that have no value were not downloaded.

    If you KNOW there is something missing that you think is worthy to the story then by all means provide it!

    The story targeted the fact the county is being sued, again, and the public was not informed. Why is that?

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  2. jmkraft says:

    OK, It’s fixed – your comment were getting thrown into the spam folder but it shouldn’t happen anymore.
    Thanks.

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  3. jmkraft says:

    Are you trying to post on the facebook site or our .com site?

    Try posting on either of the other ones and see if that works – the post should show in all of them

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  4. candy apple says:

    It appears that some links are broken. It also appears that as I scroll down to look for all the document some are missing. Seems there should be a second page? Where are all the affidavits that pertain to Terry Rogers? I know they exist. This story is one sided and even starts out by targeting only one of the defendants.

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  5. candy apple says:

    It appears that some links are broken. It also appears that as I scroll dow to look for all the documents some are missing. It seems there should be a second page? Where are all the affidavits pertaining to Terry Rogers? I know they exist. This story seems one sided and targets only one defendant. Not surprising considering the author of this story. Where are all the other affidavits? How many other documents are missing? Was this an innocent error of omission? Are you not finished posting links? Or, Mr. Allen, do the documents that our Sheriff shared with you only pertain to Mr. Burgin?

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  6. candy apple says:

    It appears that some of your links are broken. It also appears that as I scroll down to look for all the documents, some are missing. Seems there should be a second page? Maybe my computer is broken. Where are all the affidavits pertaining to Terry Rogers? I know they exist. This story seems to be one sided and targets only one defendant. Not surprising considering the author of this story. Where are the other affidavits? How many other documents are missing? Was this just an innocent error of omission? Haven’t finished posting all the links? Or, Mr. Allen, do the documents that Mr. Motley chose to share with you only pertain to Mr. Burgin?

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  7. candy apple says:

    It appears that some links are broken. It also appears that as I scroll down to look for all of the documents, some are missing. Maybe my computer is broken. Where are all the affidavits pertaining to Terry Rogers? I know for certain they exist. This story seems one sided and targets only one defendant. Not surprising though, considering the author of the story. Where are the other affidavits? Were they omitted in error? Are you not finished adding links? Or, Mr. Allen, do the documents that Mr. Motley chose to share with you only pertain to Mr. Burgin?

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  8. candy apple says:

    It would appear that some of your links aren’t working. It also appears that when I try and scroll down to find the rest of the links, there are quite a few missing. Maybe my computer is broken. How is it that there are so many affidavits (naming Terry Rogers) missing? I know with 100% certainty that these documents do exist. This post seems terribly one-sided and targets Mr. Burgin, when he clearly is not the only defendant in this case. Mr I think I am King….eh i mean…. Mr. Kirk Allen, was this just an oversight? Haven’t posted all the links yet? Or…… is it that Mr. Motley only gave you the documents that pertained to Mr. Burgin?

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  9. candy apple says:

    It seems that quite a few of your links do not work. It also seems that when I click on the link to find all the documents, there should be a second page. Maybe my computer is broke. Where are the links to the other numerous affidavits (naming Terry Rogers), that I’m 100% positive exist? The documents you have linked seem a bit one-sided targeting Mr. Burgin. Mr. I think I am King…..eh I mean….Mr. Kirk Allen, I’m sure this was just an oversight or did Mr. Motley only give you the documents that pertained to Mr. Burgin?

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  10. LowerTtrash says:

    Can’t download the complaint.

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