VIDEO: U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Curran Caught Lying in Jailhouse Interview
Illinois, January 30, 2019 - A criminal complaint for filing a false police report and obstruction of justice has been filed against former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, now a Illinois candidate for U.S. Senate, based on statements made during Curran's videotaped jailhouse interview with Grayslake Police. The complaint was filed by Curran's former U.S. Senate opponent, Republican William J. Kelly.
Curran also filed counter charges against Kelly for criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, assault, and filing a false report. Finding no evidence to support Curran's spurious claims, the special prosecutor has declined to press charges against Kelly.
During his jailhouse interview, Curran was caught lying to investigators. He waived his Miranda rights but refused to sign a written statement, worrying that it would be subject to FOIA. In his police case narrative, Detective Warner determined "Upon reviewing the video (of the battery), I did not observe Dawn (Livengood) or anyone else ask William to leave the office prior to Mark grabbing William by the upper arms/shoulder area and pushing him toward the door," contradicting Curran and Livengood's claims. Another witness, Casey Cheblek, also confirmed Kelly's account.
Warner noted that based on the video file, "I observed Mark to turn his back on William no less than eight times which is a direct contradiction to Mark's statement that he was afraid to turn his back on William for fear of getting 'cold-cocked," indicating that Curran had no legal justification for committing a battery against Kelly.
Kelly also filed false police report and obstruction of justice charges against Ms. Livengood, the office manager for the Lake County Republicans Central Committee (LCRC).
Back in November, Curran committed a criminal battery against Kelly at the Lake County Republican office in Grayslake and the incident was captured on video. Both Curran and Kelly had been both invited to speak before the LCRC. Despite the battery charge, Curran was endorsed by the LCRC anyway.
Kelly and Curran have long been at-odds over Curran's support for illegal immigration based on a heated debate in Lake County in 2013. See a timeline of Curran's history and positions here.
Detective Warner's full case narrative from the Village of Grayslake is available upon request.