Friday afternoon in a Rockford hearing, Winnebago County Judge Joesph McGraw dismissed the charges against Ron Salagdo, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s Chief Investigator.
This the third set of charge brought by Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan that have been dismissed.
This is the first time charges have been dismissed without any evidence having been presented by the Tonigan or his colleague Thomas McQueen.
The second set three charges against Bianchi, whose dismissal had also been requested, still remain and are scheduled to go to trial on August 1st.
Also still pending is the charge against investigator Michael McCleary, but his attorney intends on presenting his Motion to Dismiss (for Prosecutor Misconduct by McQueen and Tonigan) sometime soon.
As with the cases dismissed against Bianchi and his assistant Joyce Synek, McHenry County taxpayers are on the hook for Salgado’s defense costs.