After felony convictions, Cook County Attorney Scannell removed from office

The Cook County Board voted unanimously today to remove County Attorney Tim Scannell from office, after his felony conviction of sex crimes with an underage girl.

The board appointed Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken to replace Scannell, who was not seeking re-election in November.

The Duluth News Tribune notes that the county does not have specific rules for ousting an elected official, but advice from an attorney hired as a consultant led them to make today’s vote.

Scannell was convicted last week of two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct for activities in 2012 with a 17-year-old girl.

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