Looks can be deceiving, but the Brian Towne saga appears to be over.
The News-Tribune is reporting that Special Prosecutor Greg McClintock has said he does not plan to file an appeal of the finding that Towne’s right to a speedy trial had been violated.
Last week Judge Clark Erickson denied LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly’s motion to remove McClintock from the case so she could appeal Erickson’s finding herself.
Donnelly engaged in a bitter campaign in unseating Towne from that position in 2016, and, in 2017, Donnelley charged Towne with 13 counts of official misconduct and four counts of misapplication of funds.
As the case dragged on, Donnelly was removed as the prosecutor due to conflict, and McClintock was brought in to represent the state. Last December, Towne asserted his right to a speedy trial. More recently, Judge Erickson said Towne’s right had been violated and dismissed the charges against him. A week later, Donnelly filed the ill-fated motion to remove McClintock so she could appeal the decision herself.
Donnelly has not posted a comment to her official Facebook page, her usual method of communication.