A legal disciplinary commission will not object to the recommended two-year legal suspension of a Shiloh attorney accused of hiding a high-profile hearing from the media.
The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission will not object to their hearing board's recommendation that former Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Arbitrator Jennifer Teague, now known as Jennifer Carril, should be suspended from practicing law for two years.
Denise Church, senior counsel for the ARDC, recently filed a motion to approve and confirm the report and recommendation of the hearing board with the Illinois Supreme Court.
Carril was accused in a four-count complaint of: improperly using her position to speed the payment of her own workers' compensation case; making improper statements to lawyers who appeared in front of her; and attempting to hide a hearing from the media in a high-profile workers' compensation case involving former Illinois State Police trooper Matt Mitchell, telling her court reporter that she intended to hold the hearing "on the sly with no press."
Mitchell pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and received probation in the death of two teenage sisters after his squad car crashed head-on into their vehicle at more than 100 mph. Mitchell had sought compensation paid by taxpayers for injuries he received in the crash.
The violations were reported in a Belleville News-Democrat story after Carril's emails were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act request.
Carril, who has refused to talk to reporters, stated during her hearing in April that she made mistakes, but asserted that's "how you move cases." She called the BND's coverage of her emails "cruel" and "horrendous."
Church, the counselor for the commission, countered that Carril refused to take responsibility for her actions and, instead, blamed the press.
During closing arguments before the hearing board, Jim Williams, Carril's lawyer, asked for a 45-day suspension.
Church requested a three-year suspension.
The three-member hearing board issued their recommendation in November. The recommendation will be sent to the Illinois Supreme Court for final action.