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Case against county attorney to go to trial

DULUTH — The criminal case against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell can proceed to trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke denied a defense motion to toss out a grand jury’s indictment of Scannell on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and he ordered the parties to schedule a jury trial.

Scannell’s lawyer argued at a hearing last month that the prosecutor’s relationship with a 17-year-old girl was not illegal because he was not in a position of authority over her at the time of the alleged sexual contact. Scannell has been described as having been a family friend, coach, instructor and adviser to the girl over the years.