The $400-an-hour attorney representing Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser has had accusations of plagiarism leveled against him.
The charges stem from an April 25 brief Woodstock attorney Robert Hanlon filed in a lawsuit against Clerk Karen Lukasik, former Highway Commissioner Bob Miller and his wife, Anna May Miller.
Lawyers on the other side of the case flipped to page 4 and – under the title "INJUNCTIVE RELIEF" – notice some irregularities in Hanlon's writing. A Google search revealed it actually wasn't Hanlon's writing at all.
It was an uncited word-for-word copy of an April 2011 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article.
Later in Hanlon's document – on page 7 and spanning paragraph 7 until the conclusion of the brief – the lawyers discover more language lifted from another source without an attribution or citation. This time, the words came from page 4 of a “Practice Series” primer on temporary restraining orders from Chicago-based firm Jenner & Block.
Hanlon denies taking any material from the publications. Algonquin Township trustees – Dave Chapman and Melissa Victor – are calling the discovery "plagiarism" and are expected to challenge Hanlon's role in the highway department.
Read Hanlon's brief and the Chicago Daily Law Bullentin story in full below: