January 23, 2017 · 6 Comments
Cook County (ECWd) –
According to court records filed against Country Club Hills, a court order was issued on August 31, 2016, for a forensic examination of Country Club Hills computers relating to the fire department watching pornographic material in the fire station.
While the Fire Department personnel may be busy sliding down the pole or comparing nozzle sizes and hose lays on the computer, it appears, with the help of legal counsel, they are racking up a hefty legal expense for the taxpayers. Which fire do they have more of an interest in suppressing; possible exposure of pornographic habits of their employees or the financial burdens to the taxpayer for the obstruction of such exposure?
Once again it appears we have public officials and their legal counsel costing the taxpayers money when it is not necessary. Is this another case of billable hours over justice to the taxpayer?
“Defendants and Defendants’ counsel has continued to evade the court’s order granting the forensic imaging, including most recently canceling the inspection the same morning and only after the eDiscovery expert appeared at the fire station.”
This morning the Cook County Judge Brigid M. McGrath granted the motion for sanctions against Country Club Hills to include the inspection and imagery of the computers will proceed on January 26th, 2017.
What is most disturbing in this case is the fact it is one again the taxpayers that have to pay for what appears to be a clear disregard for a court order. In fact, according to the record: “This is Plaintiff’s fourth motion to compel and at least third motion for sanctions because of Defendants’ and their counsel’s continued refusal and failure to comply with the courts orders in this case.”
Why must the taxpayer be on the hook for public employees and their legal bills when they pull stunts like this?
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By Kirk Allen
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