According to Pete Gonigam in a First Electric Newspaper story, Judge Thomas Meyer seems to be getting perturbed by his inability to find an attorney on a public payroll to take Keith Nygren’s side in refusing to release an over 100-page investigatory report on Undersheriff and Nygren pick to succeed himself Andrew Zinke’s.
Nygren rejected one from State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s office. Bianchi is supporting Zinke GOP primary opponent Bill Prim.
None of the neighboring State’s Attorneys want to handle Nygren’s side of the Freedom of Information issue.
After shopping around Nygren’s case to deny Gonigam the Sheriff’s Department report exonerating Zinke’s telling of a Nygren-Zinke campaign contributor of a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation somehow involving his company, Meyer seems to want to get on with the case.
The most recent First Electric Newspaper article says Nygren and employee Don Leist, an attorney, would settle for the Appellate Defenders Office.
That is an agency whose mission is to defend criminals without private lawyers.
The Appellate Defender does not, however, have to accept the assignment in this civil case in which the Illinois Attorney General has recommended the release of the Zinke report.
“If that doesn’t work, we’re going to go to my decision,” Meyer said, according to the First Electric Newspaper.