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Hearing Board Report and Recommendation

Hearing Board Report and Recommendation

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Report and recommendation filed June 3 by the hearing board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in regard to former DeKalb County State’s Attorney John E. Farrell.
Report and recommendation filed June 3 by the hearing board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in regard to former DeKalb County State’s Attorney John E. Farrell.

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Inthe
Matter
of:
 EFORETHEHE RING O RD
OF
THEILLINOIS
 TTORNEYREGISTR TION
 ND
DISCIPLIN RYCOMMISSION
FILED
JUN
-3
2014
ATTY
REG
 
DISCCOMM
CHICAGO
JOHN
EDWARDFARRELL,
Attorney-Respondent,
No.775231.
REPORT
 NDRECOMMEND TION
OF
THE
HE RING
 O RD
DEF ULTPROCEEDING
ThehearinginthismatterwasheldonMay6,2014attheChicagooffices
of
the
AttorneyRegistrationandDisciplinaryCommission(ARDC),beforeaHearingBoardPanel
consistingofWilliamE.Hornsby,Jr.Chair,FredrickH.BatesandPeterB.Kupferberg.
Wendy
J.MuchmanandTaraKorthalsappearedonbehalfoftheAdministrator.Respondent
wasnotpresent,andnocounselappearedonhisbehalf.Attheconclusion
of
theAdministrator's
presentation,counselfortheAdministratorrecommendedthatRespondentbesuspendedfor
threeyearsanduntilfurtherorder
of
theCourt.
We
have
considered
the
Administrator's
five-count
Complaint,1
a
copy
of
which
is
attachedasExhibit1,theOrderenteredonMarch26,2014,deemingtheallegationsofthe
Complaintadmitted,
a
copy
of
which
is
attached
as
Exhibit
2,
and
the
evidencepresented
bythe
Administratoratthehearing.TheAdministratorsubmittedacertificationfromtheRegistrarof
the
Attorney
Registration
and
DisciplinaryCommission
(ARDC)
documenting
Respondent's
failure
toregisterwiththe
ARDC.(Adm.
Ex.
1).
Respondent
hasnopriordiscipline.
CommissionNo.
2013PR00121
 
Accordingly,1.AftermultipleunsuccessfulattemptstopersonallyserveRespondent,service
of
the
Administrator'sComplaintwasmadeonRespondentbymail,pursuantto
Commission
Rule214(b).Copies
of
the
Proof
of
Service
and
supporting
Amended
AffidavitareattachedasExhibit
3.
2.ThisPanelfindsbyclearandconvincingevidencethatRespondentengagedintheactsallegedandcommittedthemisconductchargedintheComplaint.
3.GivenRespondent'smisconduct,theaggravatingevidenceandtherelevantcaselawsubmittedbytheAdministrator,werecommendthatRespondent,JohnEdward
Farrell,besuspendedforthreeyearsanduntilfurtherorder
of
theCourt.
4.ThePanelhasconcludedthatthisformwilladequatelycommunicateits
recommendationtothe
Court.
Respectfullysubmitted,
WilliamE.Hornsby,Jr.
Fredrick
H.
Bates
PeterB.Kupferberg
CERTIFIC TION
I,KennethG.Jablonski,ClerkoftheAttorneyRegistrationandDisciplinaryCommission
ofthe
Supreme
Court
of
Illinois
and
keeper
ofthe
records,hereby
certifies
thatthe
foregoing
isa
true
copy
ofthe
Report
and
Recommendation
ofthe
Hearing
Board,
approved
by
each
Panel
member,enteredintheaboveentitledcause
of
recordfiledinmyofficeonJune3,2014.
ftt vdi
^-Q uJL
Kenneth
G.
Jablonski,
Clerk
of
the
AttorneyRegistrationandDisciplinaryCommission
of
theSupremeCourt
of
Illinois
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#512721
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1Atthe
hearing,
ontheAdministrator's
oral
motion,
the
Complaint
was
amended
to
strike
from
the
introductoryparagraph
the
languagealleging
that
Respondentengaged
in
conduct
which
 
tendstodefeattheadministration
of
justiceorwhichbringsthecourtsorlegalprofessioninto
disrepute,pursuanttoInreKaravidas,
2013
IL
115767
(Nov.
15,
2013).
The
removal
ofthat
languagedoesnotaffectthevalidityoftheorderdeemingtheallegationsoftheComplaint
admitted,nordoesitaffectourfindingsandrecommendation.

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