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Judge’s ‘retirement’ likely forced following number of JIB complaints

Posted by on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 @ 7:24 pm.

Stanley, in a Facebook post screencapped and sent to us this afternoon, Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WHITE CO., Ill. - An associate judge in the Second Judicial Circuit located in downstate Illinois has announced a retirement which will no doubt be heralded with fanfare when it hits mainstream media, but the part that won't be revealed will be the Judicial Inquiry Board's complaints fielded over the past year about his behavior on the bench - meaning said "retirement" has been likely forced.

Associate judge Mark Stanley in White County, who's been on the bench since only 2008, is the judge in question.

Stanley was the subject of this article (e-Edition membership required) that appeared on the front page of the final print issue of Disclosure NewsMagazine Monthly last year, this after it was revealed that Stanley had erroneously signed off on a civil case involving his brother-in-law, Gary Evans, and Grand Rivers Community Bank.

The problem was not only that Evans was Stanley's relative, but also, Grand Rivers was treated unfairly in the matter, as the whole thing involving Evans had been part of bad loans issued by Peoples National Bank honcho "Lil Bill" Bonan, as well as part of a proposed merger that Bonan welched on and which has been covered extensively in this publication. As it turned out, Bonan, while married, had been having an affair with Evans' daughter/the judge's niece, Abbey Evans, since about late August/early September 2015 (the dates are important, as we will note in upcoming articles), a fact that the judge couldn't let out and use as an excuse to not hear the cases involving Evans/GRCB/PNB, owing to the fact that when the Bonan/Evans affair began, both of them were married to other people.

GRCB has been opposing the action since it was taken a year ago this month.

And the point here is this: The judge's "resignation" is likely the outcome of a number of Judicial Inquiry Board complaints about Stanley, some of which Disclosure is privy to. The JIB examines such complaints about inappropriate actions taken by a sitting judge as pertaining to the Judicial Code of Conduct; if there are multiple complaints (and our information has it that there have been) on viable violations of that Code, the JIB investigates. If they find cause to believe that a judge has made a grave mistake/mistakes on the bench, there are several options. Sanctioning, fining, outright removal...or the option to "resign" while being allowed to keep a law license are but a few.

Disclosure continues to look into the matter, and has it on good authority that if forced resignation is the case, at least two of the JIB complaints will be able to be made public in their entirety.


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