VANA HAGGERTY ACQUITTED OF ALL GUN CHARGES!
11 JANUARY 2002
It's like we have been saying....Fanny Pack Carry is the LAW OF THE LAND in ILLINOIS!
In Order: 1. Centralia Sentinel reports that Marion County State's Attorney James Creason has come to his senses. Fanny Pack carry is legal in Illinois. 2. Creason's rubber duck is now the property of John Birch and defense attorney Dick Carey. 3. Some of Vana's supporters gather at the ABC Saloon for a victory party. 4. John and Vana see that Dick gets paid with the hard earned money you donated....thanks!
You should have spotted the duck three times in the above pictures.
NEWS FROM THE CENTRALIA SENTINEL 12 JAN 2002:
Judge acquits woman of weapons charge
SALEM A jury deliberated nearly five hours Friday before convicting Vana Haggerty of unlawful use of weapons for selling a pair of brass knuckles at the Marion County Fair.
The jury acquitted the 41-year-old Centralia resident of unauthorized possession of a weapon on state-supported property for allegedly carrying a pistol in a fanny pack while working on the fairgrounds.
On Thursday Marion County State's Attorney Jim Creason had dismissed a controversial transportation of a firearm charge filed against Haggerty, for allegedly carrying the unloaded pistol in the fanny pack.
In his closing statement Creason reminded the jury that despite the defendant's claim, the brass knuckles were really a paper weight, she told a young male customer the proper way to wear the item as a weapon. He also reminded the jury that when a man asked for brass knuckles, Haggerty gave him the item, despite calling it a paper weight.
"You can't change what something is just by calling it something else," Creason argued. "If I use an Uzi to prop open my door, I can call it a door prop but it's still a submachine gun.
"If it looks like a duck and flies like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck," he said.
Creason also told the jury that Haggerty admitted to possessing the pistol on state-supported land without prior permission from the sheriff.
Centralia attorney Dick Cary argued that the decision made by the jury would help define the law in Marion County for years to come.
He showed the jury the magazine that sold the brass knuckles purchased by Haggerty and described them as paper weights. He told the jury that Haggerty also possessed a sword, but wasn't charged with the sword as a weapon because it was known to be a novelty.
He said that if the brass knuckles are a weapon, the buyers should also be charged along with the seller.
Cary argued that Haggerty has a right to be at the fairgrounds and had in fact paid for rental space at the site. He argued that seeking prior permission before taking a weapon onto state-supported grounds in insane.
He said that using those rules, a fisherman could not take a fillet knife fishing at Forbes State Park, a man couldn't take an ax across the street to show a neighbor and a hunter couldn't transport a gun to hunting grounds.
Creason argued that Haggerty admitted the handgun was concealed on the fairgrounds during the fair and that she had not obtained permission to bring the gun onto state-supported property. He then asked the jury to consider one thing while deliberating and placed a small, yellow duck on the stand in front of the jury.
The jury retired to deliberate about 10:30 a.m. and returned with a verdict about 3:30 p.m. Haggerty is scheduled to be sentenced on the use of weapons charge on March 7.