Former LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne addresses media after Friday's hearing.

Former State’s Attorney Brian Towne was in court again today on his motion to dismiss his felony charges for official misconduct and misapplication of funds. But Judge Clark Erickson kicked proceedings to August second.

Special prosecutor Greg McClintock argued the clock on a speedy trial paused while the prosecution awaited a court ruling on an appeal.

‪Towne’s lawyer Patrick Herrmann says it’s ‘simple math’ in arguing his defendant’s right to a speedy trial were violated. He said Towne filed for a trial within 160 days on December 10, 2018. Towne had this to say to the media afterward:

Towne said he and his family were hoping for a positive ruling today.

In September 2017, State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly hit Towne with 11 counts of official misconduct. The charges were filed not long after Donnelly beat Towne in a sometimes very personal election. 

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