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The Williamson County Board
child advocacy center for abused children
Charles Garnati 12-22-2014
Former Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati joins The Morning Newswatch to discuss high-profile cases during his tenure and the relationship that citizens have with law enforcement.
Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati serves as spokesman for the county and city.He withheld comment Monday but has stated previously that all efforts to block the creation of the landfill continue.
MARION -- State's Attorney Charles Garnati is passionate about helping children who have fallen victim to abuse.After seeing the importance of working with children who have suffered trauma at the hands of people who Garnati refers to as "bullies," he decided to take the already established Golf Day that had been used as a campaign fundraiser and turn it into a way to help these youngsters."I despise bullies," said Garnati."Child molesters are bullies that use their age and size to bully little children."Garnati has had a passion for helping and been involved with programs to help children who have fallen victim to "unscrupulous adults" for 20 years.He was involved with establishing the Child Advocacy Center in 1992, and CASA is an outgrowth of that program."I have been blessed in my life, and I felt it would be good to use this event to help others who have been victimized," Garnati added.In the past three years, the Golf Day has provided $50,000 to child advocacy programs in the area."All proceeds, except expenses for the golf course and other minor expenses, go to the designated program," said Garnati.
Charles Garnati 09-15-2014
Former Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati joins us in studio, just a week after his retirement.
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. His 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. During his 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 ...." Garnati also told the jury that African-Americans typically carry their guns in their waistbands. The Tribune 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.