Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. - A northern Minnesota prosecutor is due in court as a defendant in a sexual misconduct case.
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Shaun Floerke will continue to hear the case against the 47-year-old prosecutor Tuesday after earlier denying a motion to have each of the district's judges removed.
The Duluth News Tribune says the defense argued any judge who faces re-election in the district could be swayed by community pressure.
The relationship between Scannell and the girl came to light when her family asked for a restraining order in 2012. The girl's parents said Scannell was a longtime family friend who told them he loved the girl and that their relationship had turned physical.
Scannell's name is known to many Minnesotans after he was shot by a man he had prosecuted inside the Cook County Courthouse. The case became a rallying cry for tighter security at courthouses around the state, and legislation that would allow prosecutors to carry a firearm while on the job.
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