Former McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Scott Milliman was in Federal Court yesterday, where his attorney, Thomas Crooks, did some fencing with Sheriff Keith Nygren’s representative from the James Sotos law firm, Amy P. Engerman.
With Magistrate Judge P. Michael Mahoney’s time on the bench winding down, he put pressure on the counsels to hold a settlement conference in the wrongful termination case.
Judge Mahoney said he did so at the urging of Federal Judge Frederick Kapala.
The settlement conference was set for April 22nd.
Three-page summaries of the positions,liabilities and damages were agreed upon and
“the District Court said he wants real parties and interests to be here.”
Also at issue was an attempt by attorney Crooks to have considered as relevant disciplinary actions taken after Milliman’s dismissal.
Briefs were ordered on both sides of the issue, which the Judge said were “pretty narrow.”
While Sotos associate Engerman told the Court that of ninety-six on the witness list, twenty had been interviewed, after adjournment, Crooks said depositions had only been taken of two witnesses.
He added that he and Milliman were waiting for the production [and analysis] of numerous documents before they could depose other witnesses.
Also revealed in the courtroom was the likelihood of an as of now unidentified expert witness.
“Will he made a difference?” Judge Mahoney asked.
“Yes,” was Crooks’ response.
Outside, Crooks said it would be a medical expert.
“But you won’t be mine, so good luck,” the good-natured jurist said in parting.
After Mahoney leaves the bench, Magistrate Judge Iain Johnston will take over the case.