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Civil Suit Against Ex-Lawyer Languishes Along With Criminal Sex Investigation

Posted Nov 24, 2010 11:11 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Four years after swift action was promised in an investigation of underage sex accusations against a then-prominent downstate Illinois personal injury lawyer, the probe is not on a fast track and a related civil suit is hence stalled, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Although Tom Lakin is serving time for a federal drug conviction concerning what another newspaper termed "drug charges stemming from the cocaine-fueled sex parties he held," Lakin was not convicted of any sexual misconduct.

Additionally, federal prosecutors decided not to require, as originally planned, cooperation from Lakin concerning investigations of lawyers and judges in Madison and St. Clair counties, the Post-Dispatch says.

The investigation is still moving forward, an assistant state appellate prosecutor tells the newspaper, but has been stalled by difficulties in obtaining unspecified federal evidence.

Related earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com (2008): "Once-Prominent Illinois Lawyer to Plead in Cocaine Case"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2006): "Sex allegations swirl around jet-setting lawyer"

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