Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Drivin' That Train...


A special prosecutor has been appointed to determine whether charges should be
filed against Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello, two former assistant prosecutors
and a former part-time public defender in what apparently is part of an investigation of cocaine use in Springfield.

Aiello, former assistant state's attorneys John "Jake" Kelley and Dan Mills and former public defender John A. Maurer were named in a document filed with the circuit clerk's office Tuesday afternoon.


The state's attorney's request said the office could not take on possible prosecution because it has worked closely with all four men.

None of the four has been charged with any crime. The same applies to two other men - Kevin Kelly, a former federal probation officer, and Blair Fein, a former bank loan officer - who the document indicated are also under investigation in the case.

The State Journal-Register reported in January that Aiello was somehow involved in the cocaine investigation, but Tuesday's filing is the first time he has been identified in court documents.

Aiello, a Republican who has been county clerk since 1993, has refused to discuss his connection to the case.
Sorry, but I take this story slightly less seriously when I remember the hype surrounding it last winter. Remember when Springfield City Council members and the mayor were tripping over each other to get drug tests? Funny stuff. Or stupid stuff.

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