On January 5, 2024, Shaw Local News Network reported that DeKalb County Chief Judge Bradley Waller had dismissed Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis from a lawsuit alleging he knew about an improper relationship between a woman involved in criminal cases and Mark Shlifka, who had served as Kendall County’s First Assistant State’s Attorney.
The lawsuit stems from allegations against Shlifka, who resigned from his post in April 2023 amid accusations that he engaged in an inappropriate romantic relationship with a woman from March 2022 through March 2023. During this time period, the woman had been the victim in two domestic violence cases and defendant in a DUI case prosecuted by the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s office, where Shlifka worked.
In August 2023, the woman filed a lawsuit against both Shlifka and Weis. She claimed that as the office’s top prosecutor, Weis was aware of the improper relationship despite his denials. However, at a January 4, 2024, hearing on an amended complaint before Judge Waller, he dismissed Weis as a defendant.
While removing Weis from the suit, Judge Waller left open the option for the woman’s attorneys to further amend their filing. They are seeking $50,000 in damages each from Shlifka for his alleged misconduct and Weis for purportedly failing to properly supervise Shlifka.
Shlifka’s actions likely violated Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct banning conflicts of interest and sexual relationships with clients. His behavior remains under investigation by the state’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
After resigning in April 2023, Shlifka issued an apology to his former colleagues via email for damaging the integrity of the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s office. The ongoing lawsuit and disciplinary inquiry aim to hold Shlifka accountable for these troubling ethical lapses.
The woman’s attorneys and Weis’ counsel had no comment on Judge Waller’s decision. The next hearing in the case against just Shlifka is scheduled for April 11, 2024.
Source: Shaw Local News Network