Demand the resignation of County Attorney Tim Scannell
  • Petitioned Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County Minnesota

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Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County Minnesota

Demand the resignation of County Attorney Tim Scannell

    1. Petition by

      Brian Sherburne

August 2014


Brian Sherburne: On Thursday, July 31, 2014, the Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to remove Tim Scannell as County Attorney as of July 25, 2014, the day Scannell was found guilty on two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

With his termination, Scannell will no longer be a burden on the tax payers as he will no longer be receiving an income from Cook County. When this petition was first authored, it was not known that the county board didn’t have the authority to remove an elected official from office.

However, state statute considers an elected office to be vacated if the official is convicted of a felony.

Once the case was settled and Scannell was found guilty on both counts, the county commissioners scheduled a special meeting with advice from attorney Dyan Ebert.

To the Cook County Board of Commissioners and their unanimous decision to remove Scannell, the public protests held outside the county courthouse, the numerous letters to the editor, the Facebook page and all of you who have signed this petition, Thank You! Your support has made a difference and is very much appreciated by the victim and her family!

Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2014. May a just punishment be served.

Thank you once again for your continued support!

In September of 2012, County Attorney Tim Scannell admitted to a relationship involving kissing and touching a minor girl. Scannell was the girl's tennis coach, guitar teacher, and longtime family friend. The girl went to prom with his oldest son. Scannell is 47 years old and married with two sons. After admitting the relationship to the girl's parents, Scannell promised he would stop his relationship with the girl, but continued through December 3, until a restraining order was signed by a St. Louis County judge ordering Scannell to stay away from the girl and her family.
As shocking as this relationship is, more shocking is the County Attorney's claim that he has not done anything illegal. Legal or illegal, it is morally and ethically wrong. The County Attorney is elected to serve the community and protect the rights and well-being of its citizens. He has failed. Scannell’s actions are the same as those of the people he prosecuted as county attorney. He is to be an ambassador to his community and should be held to a higher standard than that which is technically illegal. How can we trust a hypocrite to morally or ethically represent the best interests of his community?
Because Scannell is an elected official, there are very specific rules about how he can be removed from his position. A recall election petition will be time-consuming and costly to the citizens of Cook County. However, by signing this petition, you can help in the efforts to demand his resignation. Anyone is able to sign this petition, whether you are a resident, landowner, visitor, or simply someone who wants to send a message that Scannell’s behavior is not acceptable, especially as an elected official.
For more information, simply search “Tim Scannell, Cook County” on the Internet. Thank you for your support.

Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County Minnesota
Demand the resignation of County Attorney Tim Scannell

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Recent signatures


    1. Guilty!

      Brian Sherburne
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was found guilty yesterday on two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in a St. Louis County court in Duluth, Minnesota.
      Prior to this trial, Scannell was indicted by a Grand Jury in a St. Louis County court which led to the criminal prosecution trial.
      The case was successfully prosecuted by former US Attorney and special prosecutor Thomas B. Heffelfinger. The trial lasted three days and the jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours over two days before delivering their unanimous decision to Judge Shaun Floerke.
      Judge Floerke set sentencing for September 26, 2014.
      Thank you once again for your continued support!

    2. Cook County Attorney Trial Starts Today

      Brian Sherburne
      Petition Organizer

      After much anticipation, the case against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is finally heading to trial today, Monday July 21, 2014. A pretrial hearing was held July 3, 2014 with heated rhetoric between both sides in the case. It was not until very recently we were told that the case was still on schedule as previously planned. The trial is expected to consume the court's entire week.

      Tim Scannell is charged with two counts of fourth degree sexual conduct and could face a maximum sentence of 10 years and/or $20,000 for each charge if found guilty. Let’s all hope and pray for justice to be served.

      Thank you for your continued support. Please keep the victim and her family in your thoughts. They have so very much appreciated the outpouring of support you have shown them. We will update you once the trial has concluded and hopefully the guilty verdict we have all been waiting for to come Scannell’s way.

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John Thompson GRAND MARAIS, MN
      • 3 months ago

      Pedophiles don't change. (Just ask ANY clinical mental health professional.) If he moves to Fargo or Miami, you can be sure he will be volunteering to coach one of the girls' h.s. teams. The hunt, the ensnarement is the pleasure. A demon continues walk among the innocent.

    • Mike Bauer GRAND MARAIS, MN
      • 3 months ago

      It is important the justice is served. Mr. Scannell was well known for bringing the maximum charge against the people of Cook county when they came up against the law. Seems he feels that the same treatment is unfair when applied to him. This would suggest that Mr. Scannell feels he is an exception to the rules he enforced on the peons of Cook county. He is not.

    • Wayne rossbach HANSKA, MN
      • 3 months ago

      Because my daughter has gotten involved with a different predator lawyer, with circumstances that mirror this case, and local law enforcement continues to do nothing!

    • Theresa Jensen DULUTH, MN
      • 12 months ago

      Very inappr. as a 47 yr. old man, as a father himself & as someone working for the people. So very wrong in many ways.

    • Pamela Wilson HOVLAND, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      I was born and raised in Cook County and am now raising two daughters here. The last thing we need in Cook County is a hypocritical County Attorney that prosecutes someone for something he hinself is guilty of. How can we have any faith or trust in someone who breaks the same laws he prosecutes others for breaking?


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