For the past few weeks the Belleville News-Democrat had heard rumors of a prominent Madison County personage who was the subject of a lawsuit, but the paper could never get to the bottom of the story. Finally, yesterday Madison County chief judge Ann Callis ordered the case opened and the defendent turns out to be L. Thomas Lakin founder of the Lakin law firm, a large group of attorneys who specialize in lawsuits, especially malpractice suits. State Represenative Jay Hoffman is a member of the Lakin law firm.
Lakin was accused in the lawsuit of sexually abusing minors, providing cocaine to the underage children in question and his firm and grown children are also cited for helping cover up evidence of the abuse.
Why the filed suit was not made public as most filed cases are, is open to question. The principals all deny they worked to keep it sealed. What is known is the case was filed on April 21 and later dismissed with the promise it will be re-filed. Lakin is accused of some disgusting behavior which I won't repeat here, but the newspaper stories flesh this out very clearly.
Lakin, an influencial democrat in local and state and national politics has not commented, but part of the lawuit claims he told the plaintiffs he was, "...the judge, the sheriff, everything in Madison County..." This I can well believe.
Related stories: Madison County Record, "Lakin named in sexual assault case"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Suit names Lakin in sex abuse case"