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Judge J. Earl Crisel of Mt. Vernon, IL; convicted liar


The state of Illinois presented J. Early Crisel with a law license in 1986 after he graduated from the University of Illinois Law School.


The Illinois Registration and Disciplinary Commission found Earl guilty of the following misconduct, all of which took place while he was seeking reelections as the State's Attorney of Edwards County.


Late in the evening of May 24, 1980, Earl got into his car and drove to a remote spot near the Little Wabash River, intending to commit suicide. Unable to carry out this plan, he fired his shotgun twice into his automobile. Early the next morning, Earl called the Edwards County sheriff's department, relaying a fabricated report that he had been shot at by unknown persons. The sheriff's department began an extensive investigation of the alleged attack.


It soon became clear that the evidence collected did not substantiate Earl’s story. Investigator Braun confronted Earl with this information.   Earl did not change his story, but agreed to take a polygraph examination.  


The following day, they met, and Earl told Braun that he had been the victim of an extortion plot.   Earl told Braun that because of his depression over the extortion plot, he contemplated suicide but instead shot at his own car.   Braun advised Earl that the FBI would probably be contacted regarding the extortion and that there would most likely be a news release regarding the incident.


Within a few weeks, Earl admitted that his confession was true (attempted suicide) except for the portion regarding the extortion. Braun stated that Earl said he used the extortion story "as a crutch to give the law enforcement officials some justification for his actions."  


Earl pled guilty of disorderly conduct for knowingly transmitting a report to a police officer that the offense of assault had been committed, knowing at the time of such transmission that there was no reasonable ground for believing that such an offense had been committed.


As a direct consequence of his misconduct, the enablers for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Illinois Supreme Court punished Earl by gifting him with a complimentary stayed 90-day suspension of his law license.


As we speak (February 2017), Earl sits as a Jefferson County Associate Judge in Mount Vernon, Illinois.


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