“I’m Troubled,” Judge Thomas Meyer Says at Sheriff Nygren Special Prosecutor Trial

Sheriff Keith Nygren

Zane Seipler

The argument advanced by former candidate for McHenry County Sheriff and Deputy Zane Seipler’s attorney Blake Horwitz that State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s refusal to investigate Sheriff Keith Nygren about anything seems to have struck a cord with Associate Judge Thomas Meyer.

See January 19, 2011, article entitled:

Seipler Uses Bianchi’s Refusal to Investigate Nygren as “New Evidence” for Special Prosecutor

Since the last hearing when Associate Judge Thomas Meyer denied the request for a special prosecutor to probe any use by Sheriff Keith Nygren’s of county resources for political purposes, Bianchi told Horwitz of his office’s position and the reason behind it.

November 3, 2009, letter from Assistant State's Attorney Tom Carroll to Zane Seipler. Click to enlarge.

If Bianchi investigated Nygren, private attorneys would have to be hired to represent Nygren in the cases in which assistant state’s attorneys now provide legal services.

One of the planks in Bianchi’s platform in 2004 was that such work would be brought in-house.  Bianchi pointed to over $1 million in such outside legal fees resulting from private attorneys representing the Sheriff’s Office under predecessor Gary Pack.

Today, while Assistant State’s Attorney Don Leist was ready for oral arguments on Horwitz’ most recent filing, Judge Meyer wasn’t.

“I may have to invite you to file a written (reply),” the judge said right up front.

“I’m troubled that I have a statement of policy that is inconsistent with what you’ve presented to the court, ” Meyer told Leist.

November 4, 2009, from Assistant State's Attorney Don Leist to Zane Seipler. Click to enlarge.

During the previous hearing, Leist had said that Bianchi could investigate Nygren, but chose not to with regard to Nygren’s alleged use of county resources for political purposes.  (Bianchi, it should be noted, was indicted on similar charges.)

Leist argued that Horwitz’ filing was not in proper order, that his quoting of Bianchi’s positino was not notarized, that it was “hearsay of hearsay,”that he was seeking “two bites at the apple,” that Horwitz should be forced to start over with a second case, but Judge Meyer didn’t agree with Leist’s reasoning.

With regard to the hearsay argument, Judge Meyer said, the filing “seems to suggest Mr. Horwitz heard these statementsHTTP/1.1 200 OK
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“I’m Troubled,” Judge Thomas Meyer Says at Sheriff Nygren Special Prosecutor Trial — 4 Comments

  1. There is always the appellate prosecutor that we have on retainer. Would not have to use tax dollars. We pay $30,000. annually for this and do not use it? Some Could have been used in the Bianchi case, as well.

    Very questionable behavior by the sheriff in his election practices and should be investigated.

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Wake up people!!

  2. just another example of wrong doing by the sheriff of mchenry county

    the sheriff, and undersheriff should have charges filed against them for releasing deputy millimans deposition.

    Deputy Milliman didnt deserve to be treated this way,he came forth with his knowledge of the activities he spoke of,

    We support you Deputy Milliman, hang in there, and thank you for doing the right thing for the the citizens of mchenry county.

  3. lets be honest – DITTO

    Releasing a sealed document is ILLEGAL and they should be held in contempt.
    Nygren does not think any laws apply to him. Then he gets his people wrapped up in the mess.

    Andy should have known better, he is the Undersheriff.