Citizens Call for Cook Co. Attorney to Resign

Posted at: 02/15/2013 6:48 PM
Updated at: 02/15/2013 11:04 PM
By: Travis Dill

A relationship between Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell and a 17-year-old girl surfaced two months ago. A group of protesters continues to ask for his resignation every Friday.

The sound of cars honking carries on the cold air every Friday outside the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais.

And this Friday marked the 10th week of protests for about a dozen community members. They refuse to leave until Scannell steps down from his position as county attorney.

Gary Nesgoda said he was the first to pick up a neon sign.

“He's a mentor and a coach there's just certain relationships that are completely unacceptable,” Nesgoda said.

A family friend filed a restraiing order against Scannell in December. In those court documents the mother of the 17-year-old girl said Scannell admitted to “kissing and touching” the girl, but nothing illegal.

Even if nothing can be done legally, protester Tamarie Oberg said she wants to show her community's morals.

“I think we got a beautiful community with a lot of beautiful families, loving families, and I think we need to stand together. And we need to help each other to get this person out of office,” Oberg said.

Nesgoda said some people are against the protests, but most offer support each week.

“Lots of positive feedback. People stopping, people shaking hands all day long,” Nesgoda said.

The protesters said this is also an effort to protect their children.

“And how else are we going to protect anybody. We have to make a stand at some point and be like, “Hey, no, just no,'” Nesgoda said.

The protesters said they will stand their ground. They will keep the scandal standing just outside the attorney's door.

Scannell was in his office on Friday, but would not speak to reporters. He did not return requests for comment on the relationship or the protests.

The county attorney is an elected official, but Scannell is not up for reelection until November of 2014.