Williamson County Prosecutor Under Investigation For Racial Comments

The Illinois state disciplinary agency for lawyers has filed a complaint against a southern Illinois prosecutor over comments he made during a murder trial for a man whose conviction ultimately was overturned.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission seeks a hearing over Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati's use of racially charged language to an all-white jury.

That came during Marcus Marshall's 2011 trial for a Marion shooting death. Marshall was later convicted and sentenced to 85 years in prison, but a state appellate court has ordered him retried.

In prosecuting the black defendant, Garnati in addressing jurors included a reference to "our white world" even though race had nothing to do with the case.

A comment-seeking message was left Friday with Garnati.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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