The basis of the indirect contempt charges include McQueen’s and the investigators’ making false statements in court, repeated failure to comply with court orders requiring them to turn over witness statements and willfully failing to turn over exculpatory evidence.
In Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Joseph McGraw’s courtroom today motions to allow appeals of the Court’s decisions were denied, as was another attempt to obtain someone to prosecute the case other than Terry Ekl.
Ekl was McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s lawyer when McQueen and Henry Tonigan, appointed by McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham, unsuccessfully prosecuted Bianchi and several of his employees.
Both attempts to convict Bianchi of criminal charges ended in directed verdicts, that is, were found wanting by Judge McGraw prior to the defense putting on any witnesses.
Ekl will be presenting the evidence in Judge McGraw’s courtroom pro bono, that is, he will not be paid for his services.
The defense has requested three days for the trial. Ekl says his side of the case will take four hours to present.
Coincidentally, Bianchi has a fund raiser tonight at the Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills. It runs from 5-8. The price is $75 each or $125 per couple.