Emails Belie Andy Zinke’s Claim to No Role in Prosecution of State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi

Is there a new and reformed Andy Zinke? The Northwest Herald does the public service of asking candidates for major office to reply to questionnaires. This question was interesting: “The sheriff’s office in recent years has been beset by acrimony … 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

Lou Bianchi’s Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen’s Trial for Indirect Contempt of Court Wednesday

It’s been a long time coming, but McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen goes to trial before Winnebago Chief Judge Joseph McGraw in his Winnebago County Courthouse Courtroom Wednesday at 9 AM. The saga began, some believe, when Dan Regna … Continue reading

Tribune Covers State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s Effort to Have Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen Held in Contempt of Court

Don’t know how I missed it, but I did. Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune had an article about McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s efforts to have Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen held in contempt of court. Tribune reporter Bob McCoppin points … Continue reading

Prosecution of Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen, Quest Officials for Indirect Contempt of Court Goes to Trial December 18th

Attorney’s for McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen and Quest investigators will go to trial for indirect contempt of court on December 18th. The basis of the indirect contempt charges include McQueen’s and the investigators’ making false statements in court, … Continue reading

Indirect Criminal Contempt Proceedings Against State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen & Quest Investigators Close to Trial

Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw ruled against McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen in his and Quest International’s requests to stop the criminal contempt proceedings brought as a result of McQueen’s and Henry Tonigan’s criminal prosecution of McHenry County … Continue reading

Judge Joseph McGraw Takes Case & Prosecutor Dismissal Arguments Under Consideration

It will be over a month until Winnebago Chief Judge Joesph McGraw decides on two motions argued today concerning McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, et al’s contempt of court case against those who took part in the failed Special … Continue reading