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Prosecutor’s delays mean justice denied

Published: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

All right, now let me see if I’ve got this straight. The current Lee County state’s attorney, Mr. Henry Dixon, is apparently choosing to flout the laws he’s been elected to uphold on the basis that he doesn’t agree with them. I mean, that’s the only rational conclusion one could draw from this James Tegtmeyer fiasco in Ogle County. 

The judge has told Dixon that he or one of his assistants must appear to prosecute the case; he’s refused. A man [is charged with] a felony along with theft, but it seems the current prosecutor can’t be bothered.

Not to be confused with a case of prosecutorial discretion since charges have already been filed, Dixon is very purposefully deciding he won’t do his job because he doesn’t agree with the law as written. Stunning. 

The defense and the prosecutor seem to be at parallel courses in getting Tegtmeyer off, with both of them asking for dismissals. Dismissals that have been denied, and now it seems that since Mr. Dixon can’t avoid doing his job by the granting of a dismissal, he’s simply choosing to not show up, forcing the wary judge in the case to consider dropping the charges altogether because of lack of prosecution. Outrageous. 

Am I the only one who thinks that if a prosecutor refuses to do his job, it’s time to replace him with someone who will? It will free him up to pursue a career in defending suspects like Tegtmeyer instead.

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