Here’s what the Northwest and Daily Heralds built major stories around, allowing newly-named Undersheriff Andy Zinke to launch a full-blown attack on McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
Personally, I found it intriguing that Sheriff Keith Nygren assigned him to the task, rather than making the harsh criticism himself.
It reminds me of how Rod Blagojevich would detail his campaign chairman to attack Jim Ryan during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Presumably such a tactic deflects negative reaction away from the person flinging it.
The launch pad for the attack was a five sentence letter from Region 1 Illinois State Police Commander Terry Lemming.
The text follows:
At your request, the Illinois State Police conducted an investigation to determine if officers from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office committed any criminal violations regarding an incident that occurred on Marcy 14, 2008, where Jerome and Carla Pavlin, as well as their son, Carl, were arrested.
Illinois State Police investigators interviewed all known witnesses with the exception of Jerome, Carla and Carl Pavlin. The Pavlin’s (sic) would not submit to an interview.
This investigation revealed no criminal acts were committed by your officers. Should you have any questions or learn of other information pertinent to this case, please contact me.
Commander Terry Lemming
Illinois State Police
Region 1 Commander
But there is an obvious problem with the letter revealed on McHenry County Blog here.
One uniformed witness was not approached for an interview. Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Seipler was listening over the radio to the incident involving the Pavlins, but the State Police investigators did not interview him.