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August 21, 2014, 3:01 pm
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City Attorneys Say Ald. Cahnman Has Conflict in Christian Case, Settlement Kept in Committee


Attorneys for the City of Springfield say an alderman has a conflict of interest in the case with a possible six-figure settlement, news which led other aldermen to hold the settlement in committee.

 

Just after a motion for executive session to discuss the settlement Tuesday, John Gray Noll said that Ward 5 Aldermen Sam Cahnman represents Calvin Christian in a traffic ticket from 2012.

 

Noll says that same traffic ticket is also cited in Christian's federal harassment case against the city. Cahnman says that if he would have known about the conflict of interest, he would have withdrawn from representing Christian.

 

Corporation Counsel John Mehlick says withdrawing doesn't remove the conflict. Cahnman says he will consult his attorney on how to proceed.

 

Aldermen voted against executive session and then voted to hold the settlement in committee, both votes Cahnman abstained from. Christian is suing the city of Springfield over the destruction of police internal affairs files he requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

 

The settlement would pay Christian and his attorneys $103,000 and would also not require the city to disclose any more information. The settlement will be discussed further next week.

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