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Clark Co. Circuit Clerk Employee Pleads Guilty To Felony –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 21, 2015

Clark Co., IL. (ECWd) –
During today’s court hearing, Summer Shaw, former Clark County Circuit Clerk employee and the daughter of the Circuit Clerk entered a guilty plea to a Class 4 Felony of “Theft of less than $500 from the government”.
She was sentenced to:

  • 30 hours of public service
  • payment of costs
  • payment of restitution
  • 24 months of probation/special conditions
  • with a “withhold judgement/2nd chance” provision, which means if she is successful in all of the above, there will be no finding of guilty by the Court

Shaw was charged after an investigation into a complaint that her mother (and Circuit Clerk) Kathy Ramsey had clocked her in and out of work at the Circuit Clerk’s office at times she was not present and not working. See this previous article (here).
Ramsey entered a Not Guilty plea and demanded a trial by jury. Arraignment was waived and further pre-trial is scheduled for February 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Clark County Courtroom 2.
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  • Dave L.
    Posted at 11:31h, 21 December Reply

    Hmmmmm…..she pleads guilty, and basically gets a slap on the wrist. Yet, mommy dearest demands a jury trial, which will just be a waste of taxpayer money, a term she threw around during the electoral board hearings last year, but that’s ok? If the daughter is guilty then the mommy is guilty as well! Mommy is guilty of wasting taxpayer money, and had been doing so since elected…..every single workday you could set your watch by her or one of her office staff going to Caseys and buying coffee for the office staff, every single workday. I grew up here, and I am sick of these people who get elected and think their better than everyone else. Guess what—YOU ARE NOT! Do the people a favor and save some of the “taxpayer money”, and just plead guilty. Because, YOU ARE!

  • John Windmiller
    Posted at 11:56h, 21 December Reply

    Marshall is a very cliquish community. They take care of each other .

  • Warren J. Le Fever
    Posted at 16:03h, 21 December Reply

    I attended the court proceedings and expected a lesser sentence although not quite a two year whitewash. Given what happened today, I expect the other defendant to get off with virtually nothing despite the fact she retaliated against the employee whistleblower. There is a special meeting of the Clark County on December 24 at 8 a.m. which will, in my opinion, deal with the settlement with the whistleblower who returned to work today.
    I have a problem with an enforcement system that allows people involved in matters with retaliation resulting getting off with basically nothing. It makes it very difficult for other persons to be whistleblowers in the future if the offenders can say “Go ahead and tattle. The courts allow us to hurt you more than you can ever hurt us.” Having been personally retaliated against where wrongdoing was involved on more than one occasion, I consider it extremely disgusting.

  • Rory
    Posted at 22:40h, 21 December Reply

    Unfortunately, “Whistleblower Protection” is an oxymoron – and a sad joke. The government – local, state and federal – have all types of mechanisms they can utilize to retaliate against whistleblowers…and they do it – and they get by with it.

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