Rumors Come True: Fiorito Avoids Criminal Charges
By Joseph Erbentraut in News on Feb 3, 2010 6:40PM
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Dan Kirk, Alvarez' chief of staff who was recently revealed to have had a previous close working relationship with Fiorito's lawyer, explained the office's decision:
"Based upon that investigation, it was determined that there were a number of inconsistencies. A number of the witnesses had severe credibility issues. And it was ultimately determined we wouldn't be able to meet our burden which in a criminal case is beyond a reasonable doubt."
As ChicagoPride.com reports, Alvarez' claim of a thorough investigation seems questionable: An attorney familiar with the case said the office in actuality only spoke with four individuals in June - thus, it was only a one-month investigation. Gay Liberation Network co-founder Andy Thayer, who's led a campaign against Fiorito since the charges came to light last spring, said both the decision and its timing were "purely political." He was not surprised by the outcome.
Though Fiorito has evaded criminal charges related to the nearly 40 people who claim the officer wrongly charged them with DUI and, in some cases, targeted and harassed them for being gay, he will remain on administrative duty pending the conclusion of a CPD internal investigation. Additionally, he will not, as of yet, be used as a witness in DUI cases, and the federal civil lawsuits remain very much "on," it appears.