Cook Co. (ECWd) -
Destruction of records without authorization from the State is a crime in Illinois, but then again this is Illinois. We first exposed the pornographic addiction problem taking place at the Country Club Hills Fire Department just shy of one year ago in this article. Additional followup articles were in February in this article, then October in this article.
In spite of court-ordered sanctions and clear knowledge of litigation, efforts were made to pull a Hillary and "wipe" the hard drives in what appears to be an effort to either cover up the addiction within the walls of the publicly funded Fire Station, or to mitigate what's coming; a ruling against them.
In spite of all the attempts to destroy the evidence, Garrett Discovery has once again been able to recover a substantial amount of data, much like he did in Iroquois County where bi-county Health Department employees were doing much of the same as Country Club Hills employees.
We obtained a copy of the Country Club Hills forensic report and it should infuriate the people of this state. The taxpayers deserve better and we believe it's high time for the State's Attorney to take appropriate action and charge those responsible for attempting to destroy evidence in what may well be one of the sickest events I have ever read about inside the walls of a Fire Station.
"Based on the totality of the evidence, defendants took many actions between the initiation of Plaintiff’s IDHR charge and litigation hold obligations, including throughout this case, to the time they actually allowed for examination of the computers. Below are some of the actions taken by the defendants after the filing of the suit and well after the time notified to not allow for destruction of data. I will not opine as to whether or not the actions were willful or intentional as those are legal conclusions. I can only offer what is in evidence as facts and based on the facts I think that one could make their own conclusion at to the conduct and actions of the defendants."
To see just how bad things are, pay particular attention to pages 41-43. Of particular interest:
"Plaintiff and Defendants expert both filed reports showing the usage of computers to surf pornography contrary to defendants HR Investigation results, IT Investigation results, and testimony at deposition of the defendants