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June 17, 2024

John Norton Admits No Swiss Bank Account -Judge Points to Perjury

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On August 3, 2021

Will Co, (ECWd) –

Local gadfly and former Wesley Township highway commissioner was graced with a stay to his jail sanction for two more weeks at yesterday’s hearing.  As we covered in this article, Norton was ordered to produce certain records by 1:30 pm yesterday.   While he produced some records, he failed to produce all of those he was ordered to and then was caught in what appears to be perjury pertaining to a claimed Swiss bank account.

During the last hearing, Norton confirmed he had a Swiss bank account.     (See pages 40-44)

THE COURT: Do you have any other accounts with your name on it?

MR. NORTON: Not in the jurisdiction of the United States, no.

THE COURT: Okay. That wasn’t my question. Do you have any other bank accounts with your name on it?


THE COURT: Okay. With what entities are those accounts, how many and with what entities are those accounts?

MR. NORTON: I can’t pronounce the name of the bank.

THE COURT: That’s okay. You can tell me anyway.

MR. NORTON: It’s a Swiss bank account.

During yesterday’s hearing, Norton failed to produce the Swiss bank records as ordered and when questioned by the judge he admitted to not having a Swiss bank account.  The judge did not take too kindly to what appears to be perjury by Norton.  We will publish the transcript once we get it but to summarize the event, the Judge informed Attorney Hanlon that he might want to file the appropriate motion pertaining to what appeared to be Norton’s perjury during the last hearing.

Norton attempted to imply he never said he actually had a Swiss bank account however reading his exact words as recorded by the court indicates his denial of saying he had no Swiss bank account is yet another lie.

Norton failed to produce certain insurance records along with the most recent vehicle registration and other banking records as ordered.  The Judge ordered his jail sanction stayed until August 16, 2021, at 1:30 pm, at which time he must produce certain records as ordered.  The Judge made a comment that Norton might want to bring a toothbrush to the next hearing.  From the look on his face, I “think” it sunk in that he knows the judge is not going to tolerate any more of his lies and misinformation.

Once we get the transcript from yesterday’s hearing we will publish it.  We urge everyone to read it to see for themselves the level of evasiveness and lies Norton will go to in order to delay the inevitable, paying our attorney bill for the frivolous lawsuit he filed.  At some point, reality will sink in and he will realize he should get rid of his shovel as he is only digging his legal bill obligation deeper with each hearing.



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  • Roger
    Posted at 19:37h, 03 August Reply

    Time for Popcorn!

  • Dennis Finegan
    Posted at 19:57h, 03 August Reply

    Why isn’t he in jail yet? This is the most laid-back judge I’ve ever heard of.

  • Jack Tarleton
    Posted at 10:02h, 04 August Reply

    “You’d better bring your toothbrush” was a favorite line of Hon. H. Dean Andrews of Edgar County years ago. You have to work really hard to go to jail in a civil case. This judge is being lenient, but not unusually so. I’ve seen many, many civil contempt hearings and it is rare for anyone to go to jail, they usually get a few chances to pass Go and collect $200 first.

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