Special Prosecutor Thomas Heffelfinger to make announcement on Scannell investigation tomorrow

The office of Thomas B. Heffelfinger, the special Cook County prosecutor assigned to review the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation of County Attorney Tim Scannell, has announced that there will be a press conference tomorrow, October 31, at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the Cook County courthouse.

Joining Attorney Heffelfinger will be a representative of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell first gained local and national attention in December 15, 2011 after being critically injured in a shooting in his office. Scannell was shot by a defendant he had successfully convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a teenaged girl. The county attorney initiated litigation against Cook County related to that shooting in April 2013.

Scannell again made headlines when a harassment restraining order was issued against him on December 4, 2012 by a Cook County family concerned about the safety and well being of their 17-year-old daughter. The relationship with the young women led to an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation which has turned over its report to Special Prosecutor Thomas B. Heffelfinger. Heffelfinger was appointed “to review the BCA documents for potential prosecution, and, if appropriate, to conduct a prosecution.”