At the hearing yesterday on The First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigam’s Freedom of Information suit against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, I’m told that former departmental Legal Counsel Donald Leist “threw [Andy] Zinke under the bus.”
My source, who was in the courtroom while I was writing up the Transportation Committee meeting on Randall Road, relates that after both Sheriff Keith Nygren and Leist denied showing Nygren’s exoneration report about Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s to a Northwest Herald reporter, Leist was asked another question.
It was whether he had given the report to anyone else.
“I gave it to Andy Zinke when he asked for it,” my source says Leist said.
Now Gonigam’s lawyer Mary Gardner wants to put Zinke on the stand.
If an attorney wins a Freedom of Information suit, he or she get paid fees for his or her work.