During last year’s campaign, State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly was vocal in her opposition of authorities seizing money in cases in which no one is charged. Donnelly’s election opponent, former La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne, created a drug unit in his office that seized money from Interstate 80 motorists suspected of involvement in the drug trade. Most of them were never charged.
During the election, Towne took heat for this practice, with Donnelly among the critics.
In her campaign advertising, Donnelly listed “specific steps I plan to take and policies I plan to implement as soon as I am sworn in.”
Among them was the promise to “permanently stop the practice of seeking civil property forfeitures in cases where there are no criminal charges.” That pledge remains on her Facebook page.
Recently, her office took court action to keep $166,505 state police seized from an I-80 driver and passenger who weren’t charged with a crime.
According to court records, state police stopped Edvard Ghazaryan, of Tujunga,