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August 7, 2022

Norton’s Delusions: That Lawyer Attempted Bribery and Witness Tampered – I Have the Money Orders –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 4, 2021

Joliet, IL. (ECWd) –

More wild, unsubstantiated, and false claims were voiced in court again by John Norton.

It is clear, from his comments, that Norton is completely unaware of the legal requirement to pay a witness fee for any person subpoenaed for testimony. Apparently, he is still upset his own daughter testified against him.

NORTON: “under investigation for witness intimidation, and I just found out this morning and I have the evidence right here and copies of it, attempted bribery of one Sarah Norton in which he attempted to get her testimony against me and the . . . township and sent a copy, and I have a copy of the money orders he sent to support that attempted bribe.

He sent two different ones, and I have and his threatening letter to her and a copy of the actually two different money orders, one dated February 12, 2021, which has not been cashed, and another one he sent with a threatening letter basically saying — I can submit these as evidence for you to see, your Honor, that he was threatening her that if she doesn’t and then turn around and attempted to bribe her on two different occasions to come up and give testimony. . . “

ATTORNEY:  “With respect to the witness fees that were paid to Sarah Norton, they are not bribes. They are required by law for me to tender to a witness that I subpoena, which is what I did.”

Norton said he learned all that by watching television…

The bottom line here is that witness fees are not bribes, they are required under Illinois law and if someone was actually going to bribe someone they would not attach the “bribe” payment to subpoenas.

What his television training did not teach him is the actual law on the matter.

735 ILCS 5/2-402 –   “We are scheduled to take the oral discovery deposition of the above-named Respondent, ……………………………., on ……………………, 20…, at the hour of ….. a.m./p.m., at the office ……………………………………., Illinois, in accordance with the rules and provisions of this Court. Witness and mileage fees in the amount of ………………….. are attached”

Stay tuned for more wild and unsubstantiated claims by Norton in future articles.

 

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