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Coles County State’s Attorney responds to allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct of Assistant –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On August 25, 2020

Charleston, IL. (ECWd) –

Coles County State’s Attorney Jesse Danley issued a Press Release concerning the allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct by his now-former assistant prosecutor Brady Allen (allegations – – Brady Allen’s response).


August 25, 2020


The Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office was made aware of an allegation against Assistant State’s Attorney Allen over the weekend. The complaint of prosecutorial misconduct against Mr. Allen was filed in the Coles County Circuit Clerk’s Office on Friday, August 21, 2020 after the close of business. The complaint was then forwarded to private media by a source other than the Circuit Clerk prior to being provided to this office. It was through that private media source that I first learned of any such allegations. I immediately began an internal investigation as well as took steps to have an outside agency begin an investigation.

My Office has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to any abuse of power. The conversations between Mr. Allen and the complainant are unrepresentative of the character and standard of professional conduct of the Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office. Such conduct is not tolerated and pursuant to this office’s mission to hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, Mr. Allen is no longer employed with the Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office.

It is apparent that further investigation is needed to fully understand the accuracy and scope of these allegations. Furthermore, I have requested that such an investigation be conducted by the Illinois State Police in conjunction with the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office. My Office will cooperate fully and transparently with those agencies as they see fit.

We are here for victims, their families, and to keep this community safe. Mr. Allen’s actions were unknown to my office and not condoned in any way. This Office has and will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy for any abuse of power and I continue to support the ends of justice to the fullest measure.

JESSE DANLEY, State’s Attorney


Read the Press Release below, or HERE:

Press Release 8-25-2020 - Brady Allen


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  • Down on the farm
    Posted at 07:17h, 26 August Reply

    I guess if you are not CNN or MSNBC you must be private media! Really! When did media become private? And this guy is a States Attorney!

    • SC
      Posted at 11:14h, 26 August Reply

      Personally, I thought it was just a lame attempt at deflection, but I do think it begs the question of does he think that First Amendment thing applies to everyone.

      While many see the First Amendment pertaining to religion and the news media, it also gives the individual the right to tell the public what the government is doing to them and tell it in a way that the government can’t control.

    • PK
      Posted at 12:47h, 26 August Reply

      I didn’t catch the press type at first, thanks.

      My receipt of the complaint against the assistant is via ECWd; which is not a “private” entity. It’s presumptuous of the State’s Attorney to think the general public received news of his office in a non-private manner. In this case, “private media” could be referencing the clerk’s paper filing of the private practice attorneys’ motion.

      Alternately; Private media is on a roll nearest the courthouse bidet.

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