Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson files temporary restraining order against Attorney General Kwame Raoul


Williamson County is going up against Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul regarding the SAFE-T Act. 

Raoul’s notice of appeal requests the high court reverse Wednesday’s ruling by Kankakee County Circuit Judge Thomas Cunnington, that eliminating cash bail for criminal defendants is unconstitutional. 

The restraining order, filed by Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson, exempts Sheriff Jeff Diederich and State’s Attorney Hampson from enforcing the new rules. Prosecutors and sheriffs from 65 counties, including 12 in southern Illinois, filed a lawsuit against the SAFE-T Act. 

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department also released a statement saying a temporary restraining order was entered in Hardin County, prohibiting the implementation of the no cash bail provision of the SAFE-T act.

The restraining order started yesterday, December 30th and will remain in effect until January 9th.

The rest of the SAFE-T Act will remain intact and takes effect January 1st.


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