Judge dismisses one of two civil lawsuits against Hastert

Kristi Browne, attorney for Richard Doe, addresses reporters after the hearing Monday morning at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville where Judge Robert Pilmer ruled to dismiss Doe’s lawsuit against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Doe had accused Hastert of sexually abusing him in the early 1970s, but attorneys for Hastert argued that the statute of limitations had run out on such a complaint, and Judge Robert Pilmer agreed. Standing to the right of Browne is fellow Richard Doe attorney Peter Evans.

A Kendall County judge has dismissed one of the two civil lawsuits filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Plano.

A plaintiff identified in court documents as Richard Doe had alleged that Hastert molested him in the early 1970s when Hastert was a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School, and that when he went to the state’s attorney’s office in the 1980s to file a complaint about it, he was discouraged from doing so.

Judge Robert Pilmer ruled at a hearing Monday morning in Yorkville that he agreed with Hastert’s attorneys that Richard Doe’s charge in his lawsuit against Hastert was beyond the statute of limitations. Pilmer dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning that it cannot be refiled.

John Ellis, a Chicago attorney representing Hastert, argued in court that the statute of limitations would have began once Richard Doe turned 18, and then two years after that.

Ellis said that by the time Doe came to Kendall County State’s Attorney Dallas Ingemunson in 1984 or 1985, the statute of limitations had run out for criminal prosecution. However, he said Hastert denies the allegations made by Doe.

Attorney Kristi Browne, representing Richard Doe, said after the hearing that she would determine whether or not she would ask Pilmer to reconsider his decision.

“Clearly we’re disappointed,” she said. “We were hoping we would have a chance to go forward. We’ll have…

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