The First Electric Newspaper was in Judge Thomas Meyer’s courtroom again Friday trying to pry the Andy Zinke exoneration report out of McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s hands.
Quoting himself, Publisher Pet Gonigan says, “In November the paper editorialized that the Sheriff ought to release the report. Well, now they can make it happen.”
Having lived with the Freedom of Information request for more than a year, Gonigan summarizes the situation well:
“In October, 2012, now ex-Sheriff’s narcotics chief John Koziol charged Zinke had told campaign supporter Brian Goode that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was tracking more than two tons of marijuana headed for his Crystal Lake warehouse.
“Last January Sheriff Keith Nygren told a NWH reporter he’d investigated and decided Zinke hadn’t done anything wrong.
“FEN filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see the investigation report but Nygren denied it.
“When the Illinois Attorney General said he had to turn it over he still withheld it.
“FEN’s been fighting in Circuit Court for the last eight months to obtain its release.”
Read the details of what happened here.