Surveyor’s Lawyer Seeks Prosecution Witness Evidence
September 25, 2013 — Lake County Surveyor George Van Til’s attorney wants to keep pursuing his request to see more prosecution evidence against his client despite a federal judge’s ruling against him.
Attorney Scott King said in court papers filed yesterday that he wants the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago to review denials by two local federal judges to let King and Van Til look at statements from government witnesses now … in stead just before Van Til’s scheduled trial in early December.
Van Til is accused of using his office and county employees for political work during his 2008 and 2012 re-election campaigns. He’s also charged with obstructing justice by telling one County Surveyor’s employee to destroy a county-owned computer hard drive.
Federal law bans defendants from subpoenaing statements and reports made by government witnesses until the witness testified at trial. But attorney King argues that not seeing this evidence before trial violates Van Til’s constitutional rights to effective counsel because it means King cannot properly advise Van Til on whether he should take a plea agreement.