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

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

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