Second 4th Amendment Suit Against Nygren, et al

A suit filed today by by Crystal Lake’s Pete Sonneville echoes one the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department lost to Jerome and Carla Pavlin. Sheriff’s deputies entered the Pavlin home north of Crystal Lake seeking their son without a search warrant. … Continue reading

“You Don’t Know Jack!” – Joe Rosner Cites Where Jack Franks Violates Fourth Amendment

State Rep. write-in candidate Joe Rosner has a page on his web site that lists the violations of the United States Constitution which he believes incumbent Democrat Jack Franks, an attorney, has violated. His Second Amendment observation is reproduced below: … Continue reading

Why Louis Meyer Filed the Pavlins’ Illegal Search & Seizure Case in Federal Court

A commenter asked why Dr. Jerome and Carla Pavlin’s Fourth Amendment case against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department was filed in Federal Court, rather that State Court (since the same right is contained in the Illinois State Constitution). I asked … Continue reading

Going to Trial on a Fourth Amendment Violation

McHenry County–or at least its insurance company or risk management agency–got off the hook for the $100,000 deductible in its policy. That was more than eaten up by attorneys’ fees before a $300,000 settlement was agree upon. That settlement came … Continue reading

The Federal Judge Wrote, “…summary judgment is appropriate as to plaintiffs’ claim that defendants violated their Fourth Amendment rights by entering their house to arrest Carl.”

Meanwhile in an alternative universe, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren told the Northwest Herald, “Our officers did nothing wrong. “Our people did the right thing, and I support them 100 percent.” The headline above is excerpted from that part of … Continue reading

County Settles Case Against Sheriff’s Department for Violating Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Pavlin’s Fourth Amendment Search Protections

You may remember that McHenry County Sheriff’s Department deputies were found by Federal Judge Frederick Kapola to have violated the U.S. Constitutional rights of Dr. Jerome and Carla Pavlin. The Fourth Amendment to be specific. Here’s what that part of … Continue reading

Federal Judge Refuses to Toss Peter Matwijiw Suit against Sheriff Keith Nygren & Deputy Robert Chamberlain

Rockford Federal Judge Frederick Kopola has refused to dismiss another case filed against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department. You can read his May 4, 2012, decision below (some paragraphs have been broken up in order to make the text easier … Continue reading

Rockford Federal Judge Refuses to Change Pavlin Verdict Against Sheriff’s Department

“Defendants’ motion to alter judgment is denied.” That’s the summary of the decision rendered by Judge Frederick J. Kapala in the case in which Jerome and Carla Pavlin sued a whole passel of McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeremy Bruketta Kyle … Continue reading

Major Portions of Pavlins’ Case against Sheriff’s Department Going to Trial

Major parts of the case filed July 17, 2009, by Crystal Lake senior citizens Jerome and Carla Pavlin against McHenry County has withstood attempts to have it dismissed and will go to trial in Federal Judge Frederick Kapala’s new Rockford … Continue reading