Associate Judge Mark Stanley of Carmi, Ill. has announced his retirement effective July 2, 2019. According to a press release issued by the Second Judicial Circuit. Judge Stanley has served as an Associate Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois since August, 2006. During his tenure as Associate Judge, Judge Stanley presided over all types of cases in each of the twelve counties of the Second Circuit.
Chief Judge Tedeschi stated, “Judge Mark Stanley’s service to the residents of the Second Judicial Circuit has been outstanding. I am honored to have served on the bench with him and I wish to congratulate him on his retirement. However, his legal expertise and dedication to the position of Associate Judge will be sorely missed.”
According to documents on the Illinois Courts website, Stanley was recently reappointed to the Second Judicial Circuit on June 5, 2019 That is the same day Facebook postings reveal people congratulating him on his retirement.
In 2018, in a significant ruling for gun owners, Stanley ruled the FOID card unconstitutional in the case of People v. Brown. That case is going to the Illinois Supreme Court.
An inquiry into his actions in a 2018 hearing involving his brother-in -law, Gary L. Evans, continues. Motions from last year by Melissa K. Sims, lawyer for Grand Rivers Community Bank, where Judge Stanley presided over a hearing last year on June 14 in the White County Courthouse, will proceed, but may go out of White County Court and into Federal Court due to the bankruptcy filing of Gary Evans, of Evergreen Energy, LLC.
A conference call to hear a motion filed by People’s National Bank is scheduled for August 2, 2019, in White County.