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State’s Attorney Sues Special Prosecutors Who Pursued Misconduct Charges Against Him

Posted Jan 19, 2012 9:14 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The state’s attorney in McHenry County northwest of Chicago has filed a $15 million lawsuit against special prosecutors who unsuccessfully pursued misconduct charges against him.

State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi claims the prosecution was part of a conspiracy initiated by political enemies, report the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald and the Chicago Sun-Times. The suit claims two appointed prosecutors hid evidence and presented perjured testimony.

Bianchi was acquitted in two separate trials last year on charges that he ordered office workers to do political work for him on county time and that he gave breaks in criminal cases to friends. A judge issued a directed verdict for Bianchi in both cases.

The suit alleges conspiracy, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unreasonable search and seizure, and violation of due process, the Daily Herald says. Investigators at a criminal forensics company are also named as defendants.

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