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Former state's attorney's law license suspended

Former state's attorney's law license suspended

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File photo of Allen James of Anna. The former Union County state's attorney has had his law license temporarily suspended by a state disciplinary panel.

UNION COUNTY - Former Union County state’s attorney Allen James of Vienna will be suspended from practicing law for four months effective April 5 under an order entered March 15 by the Illinois Supreme Court and released March 18.

James, while serving as state’s attorney, committed aggravated assault on a process server who was attempting to serve him with a summons in a lawsuit, according to a summary from the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

James was accused of pulling a .380 caliber handgun in an encounter with the process server on March 19, 2008.

In June 2011, James was found guilty of aggravated assault in a stipulated bench trial. The judge fined James $1,500, ordered 12 months supervision and surrender of the handgun. Charges were to be dismissed upon successful completion of supervision.

The ARDC panel that recommended suspension said that while a final judgment of guilt might not be entered as a result of James successfully completing supervision, the judge’s initial finding of guilt was enough to initiate Illinois Supreme Court disciplinary proceedings.

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