Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sheriff Special Prosecutor Case Still Not Over
Special Assistant State's Attorney Bill Caldwell filed the motion for sanctions against Seipler and his attorney Thursday charging Seipler's request for a Special Prosecutor to investigate Nygren's 2010 GOP Primary campaign against him wasn't a good-faith case, rather, it was harassment.
After losing to Nygren in the Primary Seipler tried to get the McHenry County State's Attorney, the Illinois Attorney General and the State Board of Elections to look into his charges Nygren used the Sheriff's official logo in his campaign and had on-duty deputies campaign for him. State's Attorney Lou Bianchi's office turned the request down claiming of a conflict of interest while the others said it was outside their purview. Seipler petitioned for appointment of a Special Prosecutor.
McHenry County Judge Thomas Meyer steadfastly refused to look at the substance of Seipler's charges but six weeks ago he finally ruled there was no need for a Special Prosecutor since Bianchi didn't have a conflict of interest and could investigate the Sheriff if he wanted to. To date, he hasn't.
Caldwell's motion claims "the FBI, The Attorney General's Office, the State Board of Elections (and two Assistant State's Attorneys)...have indicated that there is no prosecutorial merit to their allegations."
Koehler said he told Caldwell, appointed by Meyer to represent McHenry County's financial interests in Seipler's request, to try to claw back the money the County spent fighting it because, "(County Board members) are tired of seeing County money wasted." Koehler said it reminded him and other Board members of the failed Special Prosecutions of State's Attorney Bianchi last year which ended up achieving nothing at a cost of about $600,000.
Koehler said he didn't talk to anyone else before he told Caldwell to file the motion. "I'm given the authority to use my best judgement," he said.
Seipler attorney Blake Horwitz couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.
In the pic: McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler.