Court documents filed Thursday say the former LaSalle County State’s Attorney accused of misusing public funds is claiming that his speedy trial rights have been violated.
Brian Towne was indicted in September of 2017, but questions on whether current State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly could try the case delayed it.
Ultimately a circuit judge removed Donnelly from the case and appointed a special prosecutor over what he saw as undue bias against Towne. Donnelly appealed, but the Appellate Court ruled it had no authority to overturn the judge’s decision and the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
Since then, the case was turned over to Special Prosecutor Gregory McClintock of Monmouth.
Towne filed a demand for a speedy trial back in December.
His lawyers say the rulings against Donnelly prove she lacked the authority to ever make the appeals meaning that the speedy trial clock hasn’t been paused.
They also argue a prolonged trial, dealing with seventeen indictments, and all of the time needed for lawyers to haggle over evidence would only further violate Towne’s rights.
Towne was indicted over 650 days ago. His lawyers concede a portion of the delay was because they sought a special prosecutor.