Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati (HANDOUT / December 5, 2013)
In making its complaint public Wednesday, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati violated four rules of professional conduct.
behavior during a July 2011 murder trial "tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or legal profession into disrepute," the commission concluded.
closing argument, Garnati
spoke of the small African-American community in Williamson County
, saying that "there are some very good law-abiding citizens in that community here.
Trying to contrast how whites and blacks deal with police while referring to allegations that two black witnesses had recanted their statements, he
began with the words, "Now in our white world, ladies and gentlemen ...."
also told the jury that African-Americans typically carry their guns in their waistbands.
wrote about the controversy in a front-page story last year.
Garnati, who is serving his eighth four-year term as the elected state's attorney, could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
But in an unusual move this summer, he
agreed that Marshall should receive a new trial.
The Illinois Appellate Court agreed and ordered the new trial in September.
The case against Garnati
will go to a panel of the disciplinary commission's hearing board, which will hear evidence and make recommendations for any discipline.