Judge Joseph McGraw’s Oral Ruling on Lou Bianchi & Joyce Synek Case

Below is what Judge Joseph McGraw ruled in the criminal trial of McHenry County State’s Attorney and his assistant Joyce Synek: STATE OF ILLINOIS) ) SS: COUNTY OF McHENRY) IN THE TWENTY-SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT McHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS THE PEOPLE OF … Continue reading

What Led to the Directed Verdicts of Acquittal in Lou Bianchi’s and Joyce Synek’s Criminal Cases

A U.S. Marshal told me he had spent three years sitting in courtrooms and never seen a directed verdict. I’ve seen one. It was when my 1982 Skinner for Congress campaign manager sued because I didn’t pay what he thought … Continue reading

County on Hook for Bianchi, Synek Legal Fees

I written before than my 1980’s divorce was contentious and expensive. After the legal bills got to $100,000, I stopped counting. Having watched Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan’s crusade against McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, I’m confident that defense counsel’s … Continue reading

Bianchi, Synek Acquitted of All Charges

The politically motivated trial of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and his assistant Joyce Synek ended in an acquittal for each on all counts. Judge Joseph McGraw, brought in from Winnebago County to try the case, issued the half-hour … Continue reading

Bianchi Lawyer Says Charges “Chickens**t”

Judge Sharon Prather’s courtroom Friday was more packed than I have seen it since the 22nd Judicial Circuit was inaugurated. People were crammed in chock-o-block, many wearing carnations in support of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. The hearing was … Continue reading