Statement regarding ruling in the Fox appeal

April 7

The following is a statement from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding the ruling in the Fox appeal:

We are pleased the Appellate Court dismissed Kevin Fox’s due process claim in its entirety and substantially reduced the compensatory damages by more than $4 million ($4,034,000). The county is liable only for compensatory damages.

Our reaction, however, is mixed. We respectfully disagree with the remainder of the opinion because we believe no finding of liability should have been upheld. We firmly believe these deputies had probable cause to arrest Mr. Fox based upon the information that was known to them at the time. We are evaluating the Appellate Court’s opinion and reviewing our options with counsel.