Lee County’s State’s Attorney given supervision for DUI

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From Quad Cities Channel 8:

After her arrest and a leave of absence from work, Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller was sentenced to a fine and two years of probation* for driving while intoxicated.

Sacco-Miller was arrested after her vehicle collided with an unoccupied parked vehicle in Dixon, Illinois shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, November 15, 2015, according to police.  She was was charged with DUI, DUI with a blood alcohol content over .08, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Sacco-Miller said she was coming home from a night out with friends and had fallen asleep at the wheel, before hitting the parked car. She said a breathalyzer test revealed she had a blood alcohol content of .10 percent.

The day after the incident, Sacco-Miller issued a public apology.

She then took a leave of absence for in-patient treatment, and vowed at that time she would not run for re-election.

Court records showed Sacco-Miller pleaded guilty to DUI and driving with a blood alcohol content over .08; and that she paid $2,417.00 to the court after she was sentenced January 15, 2016.  In addition to the fine, she was sentenced to two years of court supervision.

Sacco-Miller has not resigned from her position as Lee County State’s Attorney.

* Please note that although this story uses the term “probation” as interchangeable with “supervision” in fact, supervision is a special type of sentence in Illinois, in which the judge defers a final sentence and puts the offender on a period of supervision,  with conditions on the defendant during this period, and so long as he or she successfully completes all the conditions and does not commit a new criminal violation, at the termination of the period of supervision the case is dismissed.  This sentence is only allowed for first time DUI offenders.  The article does not mention whether Sacco-Miller will have to serve her six month license suspension for failing the breath test.

Lee County Illinois State’s Attorney arrested for DUI

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From WQAD8.com:

Lee County, Illinois’ top prosecutor found herself on the other side of the law over the weekend, accused of driving under the influence after an accident.

Lee County State’s Attorney, 48-year-old Anna Sacco-Miller, was arrested after a crash that occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, November 15, 2015, according to police. Police said Sacco-Miller’s vehicle collided with an unoccupied parked vehicle in the 500 block of E. Fellows Street in Dixon, Illinois.

Sacco-Miller was not hurt, police said.

Sacco-Miller was charged with DUI, DUI with a blood alcohol content over .08, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  Jail records showed she was released from the Lee County Jail after she posted bond.

One State’s Attorney disbarred, another suspended, in separate matters

On March 15th, the Illinois Supreme Court entered orders disbarring six attorneys and suspending eleven.  Two of them caught my eye because they were State’s Attorney, one an Assistant State’s Attorney from Lake County, whom I have blogged about before, and the other was the acting State’s Attorney of Union County downstate.

From the Illinois Bar Association Illinois Lawyer Now website:

  • Aaron Ray Isaacson, Arlington Heights

Mr. Isaacson, who was licensed in Illinois in 2008, was disbarred. While serving as an Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney, he engaged in a conspiracy with his roommate and others to possess marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He also obstructed justice by lying to police concerning his knowledge and involvement in his roommate’s drug dealing after his roommate was arrested.

I wrote about Mr. Isaacson before, in this post “Not exactly ‘The Odd Couple’ – the prosecutor and the drug dealer.”

And

  • Allen W. James, Anna

Mr. James, who was licensed in Illinois in 1997, was suspended for four months. He committed aggravated assault on a process server who was attempting to serve him with a summons in a lawsuit. Mr. James, who was serving as the State’s Attorney of Union County, was named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The suspension is effective on April 5, 2013.