Judge Kapala Notes Settlement of Excessive Force and False Arrest Case Brought by Citizen Against McHenry County Sheriff’s Department

Minute orders by Federal Judge Frederick Kapala, sitting in Rockford, announce a so-far undisclosed settlement of a case brought by 61-year old Peter Matwijiw against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department. Matwijiw was injured on July 3, 2009, by Deputy Robert … Continue reading

20 Months for Home Health Care Kickback Scheme

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: HOME HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATOR SENTENCED TO 20 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND KICKBACK SCHEME ROCKFORD — An Elmhurst, Ill., woman was sentenced today in federal court to 20 … 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

Zane Seipler Sanctions Motion Defense – Part 3

This is the third installment of how Zane Seipler’s attorney Blake Horwitz is defending against a motion for sanctions that, if granted, would end the wrongful termination suit that the now-reinstated Deputy has filed against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren … Continue reading

Zane Seipler Sanctions Motion Defense – Part 1

Sheriff Keith Nygren, et al’s attorney James Sotos filed motions for sanctions, including dismissal of Zane Seipler’s wrongful termination suit because documents that had been sealed were posted to a blog from his home’s computer. After Sotos completed his side … Continue reading

Attorneys Get Final Shots at Zane Seipler in Keith Nygren Motion to Dismiss Wrongful Terminiation Suit

In a fight to determine whether Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler’s case will be dismissed because of the release of secret court documents by his wife on a blog, Seipler’s attorney Blake Horwitz and Sheriff Keith Nygren’s Attorney James Sotos faced … 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

Point, Counter Point – Sotos, Horwitz Both Request Sanctions – Part 6

This is the final installment of Zane Seipler’s attorney Blake Horwitz’ request that sanctions be levied against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren for actions taken by Nygren, his staff and his attorney James Sotos. Paragraphing and formatting has been added … 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

Attorney Jason Smiekel’s New Lawyers Fail to Convince Judge to Release Him

Woodstock defense attorney Mark Gummerson was the man that Algonquin attorney Jason Smiekel got to represent him when Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives arrested him in a murder-for-hire plot the first week of August. Gummerson … Continue reading