COLES Co. (ECWd) -
After watching the WTHI story and listening to what Darrell Cox, candidate for State Representative of the 110th District, stated during the interview, I have to wonder if he will arrest himself.
Let's take them as they come:
"I have nothing to do with the evidence" -
You are the Sheriff and you have nothing to do with the evidence? Is there anyone that is so blind to think that is nothing but a cop out? He is in fact in charge of that office and supposed to be in charge of everything. I suppose the wrongful death suit he is now named in also has nothing to do with him and its someone else's problem. Or better yet, the very court orders instructing the Sheriff's Office to dispose of them doesn't mean they are giving the Sheriff instructions.
Even if you take common sense out of lets look at what his own County Statute states:
(55 ILCS 5/3-6016)
(from Ch. 34, par. 3-6016)
Sheriff liable for acts of deputy and auxiliary deputy.
The sheriff shall be liable for any neglect or omission of the duties of his or her office, when occasioned by a deputy or auxiliary deputy, in the same manner as for his or her own personal neglect or omission.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)
"I do sell surplus firearms through federally licensed dealers"
No, you sell confiscated/seized guns to them in direct violation of the law, in violation of Appellate Case law, and in direct violation of court orders that instructed them to be disposed of. (Full Details with all applicable proof from the courts and state statutes found in this article!)
He did mention that buying and selling county property was illegal, but he was careful to avoid the issue of selling his services to his own office, which is exactly what he did. That violates state law and he knows it.
"I don't have anything to do with buying or selling county property, in fact that's illegal".
That would be yet another lie or at best a perfect example that he has no clue how to run his office. State law is very clear on this matter. It is in fact the Sheriff's duties to handle the sale of property and there are strict guidelines he must follow, which includes neither himself or any of his deputies may participate in those sales. Why is it that he doesn't even know the very statute that applies to his own office? The sale of county property is a statutory duty he is required to comply with yet he says its illegal? Anyone figure that one out?
(55 ILCS 5/3-6026)
(from Ch. 34, par. 3-6026)
No purchase of property at own sale.
No sheriff or deputy sheriff shall become the purchaser, nor procure any other person to become the purchaser for him or her, of any property, real or personal, by him or her exposed to sale, by virtue of any judgment or process; and all such purchases made by any sheriff or deputy sheriff, or by any other person in his or her behalf, shall be absolutely null and void.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)
The fact is, no matter what he thinks, the paper trail is rock solid and he has in fact violated numerous statutes that prove one key thing. This law enforcement officer has no business writing laws for the people in this state when he cant even follow them himself!
Vote with your mind's people!