Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Trent steps down as ISP director

In The Telegraph he answers the charges against him regarding the state police's refusal to obey expungement orders:
He acknowledged the issues raised by the Chicago Reporter and Madigan may have concerned Quinn "to a degree," but he defended the State Police's stance on the matter.

"I don't believe that child molesters should have their records expunged," Trent said. "Contrary to (Madigan's) numbers, ISP expunged 32,000 criminal records in the last four years. There are 2,700 outstanding in a particular court in Chicago that she believes we are delinquent on.

"We notified the petitioner on those expungements; we notified the state's attorney. Our bureau that handles that failed to notify the court that we disagreed with the decisions on those.

"There are some things that can't be expunged, by law," Trent said. "If a judge issues a court order for expungement of one of those things, that's invalid. We believe all 2,700 of these are invalid. Many of them are child molesters. I don't believe that some of those records should be expunged."
Via Capitol Fax!

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