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Protesters gather weekly to try to oust Cook County Attorney


Friday marked the 10th consecutive week of protests outside the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais in an effort to pressure Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell to resign, WDIO-TV reports.

According to the station, the protests stem from revelations two months ago of a relationship involving Scannell and a 17-year-old girl.

Court documents indicate that the mother of the 17-year-old girl said Scannell admitted to "kissing and touching" the girl, but did nothing illegal.

A family friend filed a restraining order against Scannell in December, and he was ordered to stay away from the teen.

Scannell issued a statement afterward, calling the restraining order a "a personal matter" that did not involve his job as County Attorney. He also noted that he breached the public's trust and hoped to "repair that trust over time."

The protesters in Grand Marais have since assembled every Friday, and vow to keep up the picketing until Scannell resigns, WDIO reports.

The County Attorney was in his office Friday, but declined to speak to reporters. He is up for re-election in 2014.

Scannell made headlines in December 2011 when was shot right after successfully prosecuting a case against a man who was involved in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

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