Edgar County deputy's attorneys called woefully misinformed
The attorneys for embattled Edgar County Sheriff's Deputy Dee Burgin notified a federal court about Burgn's bankruptcy filing three weeks late, the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) allege, saying they failed in their duty to report the bankruptcy filing in a timely manner.
"Dee Burgin, the well known civil rights violator who still has his badge as an Edgar County Sheriff’s Deputy, is enthralled in not one, but two, Federal Civil Rights cases brought on by his alleged violations of those people’s Constitutionally protected rights," the ECW posted on its Illinois Leaks website recently. "Of interest in both those cases is a recent filing by Burgin’s attorney, 'Suggestion of Bankruptcy'. The attorney reports to the courts they were not aware of their duty to notify the Court of the Bankruptcy proceedings.'
Charles Barrett has filed a civil rights suit against Burgin, Sheriff Jeff Wood and Edgar County after his arrest for driving with a revoked license and drug charges were thrown out of court. Burgin failed to advise Barrett of his rights.
An earlier civil rights case filed by Robert Fullerton also involves an arrest by Burgin. Fullerton demanded a police report on his son's one-car accident; in response, Burgin is accused of cuffing and placing him in the police car. Fullerton was allegedly hurt when Burgin tightened the handcuffs too tight and injured his wrists. The lawsuit also named Burgin, Wood and Edgar County as defendants.
In 2012, Burgin was convicted with Terry Rogers of violating a woman's civil rights after she was strip-searched at the jail in 2012. The jury ordered the deputies to pay $20,000 each. Burgin was let go from the sheriff's department but later reinstated.