And I mean a real one. Let’s start with some background.
Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati earned a distinction among all Illinois prosecutors as he was sworn into office for his eighth term Monday. Garnati is now the longest continuously serving state’s attorney in Illinois, according to Patrick Delfino, director of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor Office. Garnati, a Democrat from Carterville, announced his bid for re-election Sept. 21, 2011. He ran unopposed and was elected to an eighth consecutive term as the county’s top prosecutor Nov. 6.
In his 28 years as state’s attorney, Garnati said a lot of cases stand out, but he credits his staff and law enforcement for their part in winning 32 murder convictions in his seven terms on the job. “There are just so many good people that it’s hard to say anything other than it’s great to be Williamson County State’s Attorney,” he said. “I wouldn’t want any other job. This is a job I’ve wanted all my life, and the fact that I’ve made it for 28 years is kind of amazing to me.” At the end of his current term, Garnati will have served 32 consecutive years as state’s attorney.
The thing to note here is this guy is a life long democrat and part of the Illinois machine. So then, let’s look at the charges of racism and get the whole picture:
The top prosecutor in a southern Illinois county is facing a legal ethics case because of racial remarks he made that derailed a murder trial. Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati violated four legal ethics rules and “tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or legal profession into disrepute,” contends the the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in a Nov. 6 complaint (PDF) that was made public on Wednesday. The defendant, who is black, was tried before an all-white jury in July 2011 and sentenced to 85 years before his conviction was reversed on appeal, reports the Chicago Tribune.
“Now in our white world, ladies and gentlemen,” said Garnati at one point during the trial, as he drew a distinction between the way the two races deal with police. In an unusual move, he agreed last summer that the defendant, Marcus Marshall, should get a new trial in the case, which involved the fatal shooting of LaQuinn Hudson at a 2010 party in Marion. A state appellate court reversed Marshall’s conviction in September. The Tribune said Garnati could not be reached for comment Wednesday, and he did not immediately respond to a message left at his office on Thursday morning by the ABA Journal.
Yeah, but we keep getting told that the racists are other people. And no, this is not just one case. This is the one case they couldn’t ignore so we heard about it. In my personal experience I have found the most racist people to always be democrats. Be they white or black ones. And one of the most racist people I have ever seen heads up the DOJ these days.