Who knew a sticker habit could land someone in trouble with the law? Illinois attorney Robert T. Hanlon got a little too zealous with his sticker game the other day and had to turn himself into the police. He’s charged with “misdemeanor criminal damage to property of less than $500.”
Hanlon supports McHenry County sheriff candidate Robb Tadelman. But Tadelman faces a challenge from Tony Colatorti and that’s where Hanlon allegedly came in.
From the Daily Herald:
The attorney is accused of “damaging numerous campaign signs located at 770 S. Virginia Road” promoting Tony Colatorti, who is running for McHenry County sheriff, the criminal complaint said.
News accounts don’t explain what the stickers said, but they don’t sound flattering.
Hanlon has made headlines before when lawyers accused him of plagiarizing material in a court filing. And plagiarism is bad, but… opposing counsel accused him of basically parroting firm white papers providing overviews of the relevant caselaw, which sounds more like opposing counsel trying to be unnecessarily obstructive rather than any kind of impropriety on Hanlon’s part. If the cited caselaw is still good, it’s still good.
Meanwhile, Colatorti is already citing Hanlon’s criminal charge in his campaign.
The stickers would be “libelous,” not “slanderous,” but you get the idea.
And so the Great Sticker Caper of ’22 appears to be solved. But for how long can McHenry County stay safe?
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