McHenry County Wins Suicide Suit

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:


Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that his Office has succeeded again in obtaining the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Michelle Smith of Crystal Lake, Illinois due to an in-custody suicide of her former husband, Ricky Smith.

Ms. Smith first sued the Sheriff and three corrections officers in Federal Court wherein the State’s Attorney’s Office obtained a dismissal in Defendant’s favor, and then most recently in State Court for wrongful death.

In making his ruling today dismissing the State Court lawsuit, the Honorable Judge Meyer found that the prior victory obtained by the State’s Attorney’s Office in Federal Court barred Ms. Smith’s wrongful death case in State Court.

The recently dismissed State case was defended by Assistant State’s Attorney Donald B. Leist.

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