Thursday, January 20, 2011
Deputy's Sheriff Charges: "No Prosecutive Merit"
Deputy Scott Milliman in a deposition partially revealed two weeks ago claimed that Nygren told him to kill two people, that the Sheriff and a crony run an illegal alien railroad into McHenry County and that attorneys settled County criminal cases with Nygren bribes.
The FBI letter was a response to a request from the Sheriff's office for information about Milliman's charges. Undersheriff Andy Zinke made the request Dec. 3 and said Wednesday he received the response dated Jan. 4 "last week." Zinke said he couldn't talk about Milliman or his allegations but wasn't allowed to say why. Milliman, placed on administrative leave Dec. 23, told FEN he, too, was unable to comment right now since the deposition isn't finished yet.
Milliman's claims figure in two different Nygren court cases. Their existence was first revealed Dec. 15 in the federal civil rights case of another deputy, Zane Seipler, who claims he was fired for complaining about racial profiling in Sheriff's Office arrests. The deposition was also cited in Seipler's Circuit Court case asking for a special prosecutor to investigate Nygren.
No one except attorneys and the Sheriff have seen the allegations the FBI discounted. The court reporting service that recorded Milliman's statement told FEN no one could have a copy without a release from all parties to the federal suit. However, Jan. 6 the Crystal Lake Northwest Herald showed it had obtained a copy publishing a column ridiculing it. Three days later it ran a news story summarizing the 200-page document but didn't publish any of the statement itself.
Nygren defense attorney in the federal case, James Sotos, said he didn't plan to give the FBI letter to the judge there. "Milliman's statements never made any sense, anyway," he said. McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney Don Leist who defended Nygren in the Circuit Court case couldn't be reached Wednesday. Seipler's attorney in both cases, Blake Horwitz, said he was unable to comment on the FBI letter since he hadn't seen it yet.
The letter ends saying, "The federal Privacy Act prohibits me from relaying the substance of the information provided by Deputy Milliman." The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits government release of information without the consent of the person the information's about. There are 12 exceptions to that, however. One is a request for "civil or criminal law enforcement activity."
The FBI letter can be read here: