The last time Don Leist defended McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren, Nygren was being sued by former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler and Leist was working for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Seipler’s request for a Special Prosecutor was rejected by Judge Thomas Meyer.
Leist has since moved over to the Sheriff’s Office to be the Affirmative Action Officer and,since then, has had his title upgraded to Legal Affairs Officer.
Now Nygren is being sued by Pete Gonigam, Editor of the First Electric Newspaper, because he refuses to turn over the over-100 page internal investigatory document that cleared Undersheriff Andy Zinke of any “wrongdoing when he told one of his campaign contributors DEA was tracking a shipment of marijuana to his warehouse” to put in the words of this First Electric Newspaper article.
The Attorney General’s Public Access Division ruled that Nygren should turn over the document, but it was only an advisory opinion, not a binding one.
Gonigam’s only recourse was to take the case to court, which he did.
Nygren has argued that the State’s Attorney cannot provide adequate representation.
Judge Meyer, on this case, too, has searched in vain for a lawyer on the public payroll to represent Nygren for free.
It looks as if he has found one in Leist, although the State’s Attorney’s attorney objected.
There is every reason to believe that Nygren will appeal the Court’s decision, if he loses, which will run the clock beyond the March primary election between Zinke and former Des Plaines Police Commander Bill Prim.