Arcola, IL. (ECWd) -
Once again, the Arcola Township attorney has lied to the Court during a Hearing. This time it was to Judge Lincoln prior to his retirement.
On May 6, 2014, during one of the FOIA suit hearings on Kraft v Arcola Township, case no: 2014-MR-53, Petty was trying to explain why the Township cannot follow the law in relation to the Freedom of Information Act, and he stated as fact that "This gentleman sent 30 requests to Arcola Township." It appeared that Judge Lincoln was a little surprised by this statement and asked "How many?!", and Petty repeated that lie by restating "Thirty."
This "exchange of ideas" is found on page 45 of the official transcript (below).
Knowing that to be a lie, later that day I counted the FOIA requests I had sent to Arcola Township since my very first one around April of 2013 - - and the total was 18 requests in a 13 month time-frame - FAR short of the 30 requests that Petty lied to the Court about.
To top that off, just in case I missed some here or there when counting, Kirk Allen requested a copy of every FOIA request I had sent to Arcola Township (just the request - not the responsive documents). Their answer? "We have no documents responsive to that question!"
So, not only did Petty lie to the Judge during the hearing, Arcola Township lied when they responded to Kirk's FOIA request - because we know that have a copy of at least the one I was in court about, even if they threw all the others in the trash.
This appears to be a pattern of behavior with Petty. He is taking advantage of his situation, artificially enhancing his representation, and running the risk of impeachment or otherwise being found not credible.
Previous article on his "not so truthful" ways: https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2015/01/attorney-mark-petty-lied-to-judge-broch-in-douglas-county-court/