Bianchi Withdraws Motion for County Board IMRF Special Prosecutor

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi has withdrawn his motion asking Judge Thomas Meyer whether a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate whether criminal charges should be filed against County Board members who signed certificates saying the position “normally … Continue reading

Bianchi Asks Judge Whether Special Prosecutor Needed for Franks’ County Board IMRF Pension Elilgibility Allegations

When I heard that the McHenry County State’s Attorney had filed a motion concerning the County Board pension issue with Judge Thomas Meyer, I sent Lou Bianchi the following email: I have told that the office filed a motion with … Continue reading

Judge Gordon Graham Retiring

McHenry County Circuit Court Judge Gordon Graham has informed court officials that he is retiring on September 7th. In 2010, Graham ran for and won the office. He won the GOP primary election without opposition. Then, up popped Sally Wiggins, … Continue reading

Judge McGraw’s Statement on Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen – 6 – Prosecution Designed to Embarrass & Subject Lou Bianchi to “Scorn and Ridicule”

On January 3rd, Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw delivered his opinion in the indirect contempt of court prosecution of Thomas McQueen by Terry Ekl. Judge McGraw found McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen not guilty in his criminal prosecution … Continue reading

Judge McGraw’s Statement on Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen – 5 – Prosecution “Beyond the Pale”

On January 3rd, Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw delivered his opinion in the indirect contempt of court prosecution of Thomas McQueen by Terry Ekl. Judge McGraw found McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen not guilty in his criminal prosecution … Continue reading

Judge McGraw’s Statement on Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen – 4 – Withheld Evidence

On January 3rd, Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw delivered his opinion in the indirect contempt of court prosecution of Thomas McQueen by Terry Ekl. Judge McGraw found McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen not guilty in his criminal prosecution … Continue reading

Judge McGraw’s Statement on Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen – 3 – Failure to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence

On January 3rd, Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw delivered his opinion in the indirect contempt of court prosecution of Thomas McQueen by Terry Ekl. Judge McGraw found McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen not guilty in his criminal prosecution … Continue reading

Judge McGraw’s Statement on Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen – 2 – Emails Should Have Been Produced

On January 3rd, Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw delivered his opinion in the indirect contempt of court prosecution of Thomas McQueen by Terry Ekl. Judge McGraw found McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen not guilty in his criminal prosecution … Continue reading

Judge McGraw’s Statement on Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen – 1 – Brady Material Defenses Rejected

On January 3rd, Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw delivered his opinion in the indirect contempt of court prosecution of Thomas McQueen by Terry Ekl. Judge McGraw found McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen not guilty in his criminal prosecution … Continue reading

Judge Excoriates McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen in Not Guilty Decision on Contempt of Court

Judge Joseph McGraw excoriated McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen in an eight-page decision finding him not guilty of indirect contempt of court. In addition the Judge commented extemporaneously.  I have notes, but want to get the decision posted so … Continue reading

Terry Ekl Continues His Questioning of Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen

Cross examination of McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen started after a lunch break on December 20, 2013, at his trial for indirect contempt of court.  (Sorry for the long delay in getting this written and up.  Find Part 1 … Continue reading

Transactional Immunity

When McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen said that former Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Foley had been granted “transactional immunity,” I didn’t know what that meant. I reached out to attorney Terry Ekl, the man prosecuting McQueen for indirect contempt of … Continue reading

Terry Ekl Attacks Tom McQueen’s Testimony about Withholding Evidence in Bianchi Trials

The afternoon of the second day of the indirect contempt of court trial of McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas “Tom” McQueen consisted mainly of Lou Bianchi defense attorney and prosecutor of the McQueen case Terry Ekl’s questioning McQueen about his … Continue reading

Special Prosecutor Tom McQueen – Honest Mistakes or Willfull Withholding of Evidence?

The two-day trial of McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen wrapped up yesterday. Wednesday was dedicated to the presentation of evidence by volunteer prosecuting attorney Terry Ekl that McQueen had deliberately withheld exculpatory evidence in the criminal trials of McHenry … Continue reading

Prosecution of Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen Withstands Directed Verdict Motion for Dismissal

Arising out of the two criminal prosecutions of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi for official misconduct, among other charges, was a motion by Bianchi to hold Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen in indirect criminal contempt of court. Prosecuted by Bianchi … Continue reading

Bianchi Argues that Judge Should not Replace Joseph McGraw in Contempt of Court Motion Against McQueen & Quest

Terry Ekl, attorney for vindicated McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, argues in filing below against Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen’s motion that another judge should not replace trial Judge Joseph McGraw when his contempt of court motion is considered. You … Continue reading

Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen Asks for New Judge for Contempt of Court Motion

Here is what Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen has filed in the contempt of court action sought by McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, the man he indicted, but could not convict on criminal charges. … Continue reading