McHenry County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Koziol was in Judge Thomas Meyer’s courtroom as his attorney Jonathan Nye and Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally spoke softly about preliminaries in the case.
Nye noted that the State’s Attorney had not make a decision on what it’s position would be.
Kenneally explained that Michael Combs, Chief of the Criminal Division, was getting his cast changed and asked for time for the State’s Attorney’s Office to decide what role, if any, it wanted to play in the case.
Judge Meyer, who rejected a petition from Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler for a Special Prosecutor to probe Sheriff Keith Nygren, gave Lou Bianchi’s office a week to file paperwork.
He was going to give Bianchi’s office two weeks, but shortened it to one when Nye argued two weeks was too long.
Koziol has requested that a Special Prosecutor be named to probe his allegations that Undersheriff Andy Zinke compromised a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of a Crystal Lake businessman.
Nye said he was willing to rely on the pleadings that he had already filed.
One issue that will not come up is whether Zinke has standing in the case.
Meyer allowed Nygren to have an attorney represent his interests, including participating in the deposition of Bianchi, but later concluded that the subject of the possible investigation had no standing.
Also in the room were Sheriff’s Department Affirmative Action Officer, Don Leist, an attorney, and McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler. Zinke was absent.
Koziol, Nye and Kenneally did not comment after the session, but Koehler said,
“The allegations are serious and wherever the court decides to go I hope they will look at…an agency that will cost the county nothing…Talking about a Federal drug case that is ongoing [it] would be fair to make a statement… [that] is a serious allegation and can’t be taken lightly.”