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Jury trial postponed for Morris man charged in ‘Accountability Angel’ incident

A Morris man charged in last year’s “Accountability Angel” incident at the La Salle County Courthouse will not stand trial this week, after all.

Jacob Farmer, 29, appeared Monday for jury trial on three misdemeanor counts — prosecutors filed new counts of obstructing and battery — but Farmer advised Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. he needs time to prepare for the newly-filed charges.

Ryan agreed and scheduled a status hearing for Feb. 22.

By that time Farmer’s sister, Angel Farmer of Peru, might have stood before a jury (trial date: Feb. 7) on charges from the same incident. This would give Jacob Farmer, who is acting as his own lawyer, a road map for trying the case.

Farmer could face up to a year in jail if convicted for his alleged role in the March 8 incident at the courthouse on Etna Road. The siblings were charged with misdemeanors after authorities said Angel tried to force her way inside the courthouse while attempting an “audit,” their term for a public access compliance check, and after authorities said Jacob thwarted his sister’s detention. The pair record their visits to public buildings and post them online.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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