That’s what McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio’s attorney Philip Prossnitz proposes be the penalty for their attorney Natalie Harris’ refusal to turn over the identity of the Jack Franks’ allies who sent postcards smearing Tirio and other Franks’ critics last spring.
Yesterday, Judge Kevin Costello issued a call for former County Clerk candidate Janice Dalton and Richard Lewandowski of Breaker Press to show why they should not be held in contempt of court for refusing to follow his court order to reveal who was responsible for sending the anti-Tirio hit pieces.
The two have until Thursday, December 20th, at 5 p.m. to file any response as to what would be the appropriate terms of the contempt finding.
Prossnitz will be asking that both be jailed, but that the jail provision be lifted once they disclose who is behind the Illinois Integrity fund.
It appears that the respondents are asking that the Political Action Committee’s identity remain anonymous and the penalty be as little as a dollar, and then those responsible be allowed to take the matter up on appeal.
A notice of appeal and a request that the Appellate Court stay the trial court proceedings has been filed.
Today Tirio’s attorney will be filing a motion to dismiss the appeal because it is premature.
On Friday, December 21, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. a hearing will be held as to what the terms of the contempt should be, meaning, should it be jail, should it be money and if so how much.
The courtroom was packed with Tirio supporters.
A repeat performance is expected Friday afternoon.