As anyone who watched the press coverage of the Blagojevich trials observed, attorneys for the defendants tried their best to talk directly to potential jurors through the media.
While McHenry County doesn’t have television for that task, defense attorney Mark Gummerson was allowed to use the front page of the Northwest Herald to convince readers that the indictment of retired Coroner Marlene Lantz for not burying a baby who died in the early 1990’s and signing paperwork that said such a burial had taken place was purely a political move on State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s part.
Now I see that the Sunday editorial headline of the NW Herald echoes that theme. Here’s what popped up as a result of my daily searches for “McHenry County”:
Note that the prosecution is not trying the case in the media.