Republican gubernatorial candidate Andy Martin, formerly of Champaign, asked on Wednesday that a dubious 34-year-old warrant for his arrest be quashed.
The wheels of justice may never have spun so fast. Within hours, the case (which in 1972 was against Anthony R. Martin-Trigona, Martin's former name) had been sufficiently researched by Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and others, State's Attorney Julia Rietz agreed to Martin's motion and Judge John Shonkwiler signed an order dismissing the warrant.
Case, mercifully, closed.
Martin immediately proclaimed himself the winner; but the people of Champaign County were the bigger victors. Now the sheriff can get on with the more important task of running a jail and protecting the citizens of Champaign County, Rietz can get on to prosecuting much more meaningful cases and the court system will be free – perhaps – from Martin's wasteful, time-consuming pleadings.
As for the candidate, he is now free to campaign for governor, without fear of arrest, on his unusual platform of fighting corruption in Illinois and bringing the troops home from Iraq.