Jim Dey: Charge of government misconduct goes beyond sex issue

A motion to dismiss the corruption case against him filed by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock drew considerable media attention because of allegations that investigators demonstrated prejudice against him through repeated inquiries about his sexuality.

Schock said authorities made a series of unsuccessful efforts to find “evidence” that he is a homosexual, something he has long denied.

Drawing less attention in the 83-page motion were other allegations that Schock made about prosecutorial misconduct that he said reflected the government’s desire to first target him for indictment and worry about the details later.

George Terwilliger, a former high ranking official in the U.S. Justice Department, wrote that “no topic has been off limits.”

Over a 20-month investigation and “through the use of two federal grand juries, the (U.S. Attorney’s Office). … investigated Mr. Schock’s personal, political and professional life, from business activities he conducted as a teenager through his present, post-congressional employment,” the defense motion states.

The 36-year-old Schock, a one-time up-and-coming member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was indicted in November 2016, on a variety of charges related to the alleged misuse of more than $100,000 in both public and campaign funds. He’s tentatively scheduled to go to trial in January at the U.S. Courthouse in Urbana, although the trial already has been delayed once and may be again.

A Peoria resident, Schock announced his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2015, just five months after his election to a third term. His resignation followed a news story that drew national news attention by reporting that Schock had redecorated his office in a theme from “Downton Abbey,” a PBS drama about Great Britain in the early 1900s. He’s denied that, too.

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