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LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne is fighting for his future all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, even though the Circuit Court and the 3rd Appellate Court ruled against his actions. Those actions in relation to his publicly reported statements are the foundation for our questions.
Did Brian Towne lie to the court?
Most parents know when their kids are lying and rarely does it take catching them with the hand in the cookie jar to make the case for missing cookies. The same can be said for Brian Towne except in this case, not only is his hand in the cookie jar, so too are both feet.
"This is the State's Attorney's Office and it's the LaSalle County Fund 25 and it's a forfeiture account. These accounts are separate and apart. They are audited and the statute -- the statutes of the State of Illinois are what created these funds and the statutes of the State of Illinois direct how these funds are to be used and the statutes of the State of Illinois say that these funds are to be used to enforce laws regulating controlled substance of cannabis. That's what these funds are being used for."
Clearly, LaSalle County State's Attorney has no problem lying to the courts. As an officer of the court, he stated the Fund 25 funds are being used to enforce laws regulating controlled substance of cannabis. You can read his words in the transcript at this link on page 7.
A recent Federal Court opinion we covered in this article, the presiding judge stated, "The duties of a Government lawyer, and in fact of any lawyer, are threefold: (1) tell the truth; (2) do not mislead the Court; and (3) do not allow the Court to be misled.
Let's apply that standard to Brian Towne, a duly elected State's Attorney who is supposed to enforce the law.
(1) tell the truth; (2) do not mislead the Court; and (3) do not allow the Court to be misled.
Brian Towne, by all indications in the records we have, has allowed the court to be misled, was the person doing the misleading, and most would agree did not tell the whole truth in his statement that his seized drug funds are being used for the enforcement of laws regulating controlled substance of cannabis.
Is Brian Towne lying to the public?
According to the Times article published here, Towne stated, "Since that time, the LaSalle County Asset Forfeiture account has provided tens of thousands of dollars to ensure that high-risk students have drug education and counseling as part of their school experience," Towne said. Some other programs received forfeiture money — for instance, $500 for Wallace Grade School's eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.; $4,000 for football and volleyball programs at St. Bede Academy, which is outside the county; and $500 for Illinois Valley Community College's baseball team.
Drug education and counseling, trips to Washington, D.C, football and volleyball programs, and money for a baseball team IS NOT using funds for the enforcement of laws regulating substance of cannabis as he informed the court. Nor is the purchase of a vehicle for him to use for his mode of transportation.
What we have is an out of control State's Attorney who creates justifications for his actions and no one following up and holding him accountable to his statements. Towne's statements to the court was simply false and his actions support that fact.
Stay tuned for additional exposure of Towne's actions and what the courts had to say about his twisted interpretation of our laws. The 3rd Appellate District referred to his interpretation of the law as a "tortured construction" to include stating the "The General Assembly did not envision these investigators making traffic stops and writing traffic tickets or warnings."
When we have prosecutors that don't follow the law but manipulate it to suit their agenda, our society is in real trouble. It's time for the public to know the whole truth as to what is really happening behind the closed doors of the LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne.
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