Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Harrison continues Prim exposè

The Northwest Herald continues to expose the Bill Prim campaign with material about Prim supporters. See today's article by reporter Chelsea McDougall, in which Prim campaign supporter Mickey Schuch's escapade of almost 14 years ago comes back to haunt him.

Three felony charges in November 2000 and some misdemeanors were bargained down between November 2000 and August 2001, and former Judge Ward Arnold approved the deal, resulting in a large fine and court costs and probation. Schuch's defense attorney firm was Campion Curran Lamb and Cunabaugh. No doubt they earned their fee by avoiding a felony conviction for their client.

According to the Northwest Herald article, "Prim called out Harrison's campaign rhetoric as 'KGB tactics.'" I don't remember much of the Russian history that I studied 50 years ago, but I don't see the relationship between the KGB and Jim Harrison's revelations.

It seems to me that Jim is calling into question whether Prim asked any questions of the supporters who are prominent in his campaign.

Who's next?

Watch 20/20 this Friday (Oct. 3)

You'll want to tune into 20/20 this Friday, October 3, when it airs the segment about Shane Lamb and the Mario Casciaro case.

Now, why would 20/20 take an interest in a little, ol' case in McHenry County, Illinois?

Check your local listings for the time and channel. Hint: 20/20 is on ABC-TV.

Guess I'll miss it, since I'm still a hold-out. No TV for six years. Love it!

Is Mick Combs still at work?

If you read the Affidavit filed in Shane Lamb's recanting of testimony in Mario Casciaro's trial, you have to wonder whether Mick Combs is still at work in the office of the McHenry County State's Attorney.

If you haven't read it, read it.

Mick Combs has been the State's Attorney's Chief of the Criminal Division.

Shane Lamb makes some strong accusations against Combs. It seems to me that, at the very least, Lou Bianchi should give Combs some time off while this gets sorted out. A paid Administrative Leave? Are the charges serious enough for an Unpaid Leave? And, if Combs is vindicated, then he gets his job and pay back.

Can any part of what Lamb says be believed? Casciaro's attorney accused Lamb of "lying about lying about lying".

Should the accusations be investigated by an outside, independent entity?


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The risk of immunity deals

I didn't like the immunity deal offered to Shane Lamb when it was given. Lamb got a free ride on involvement in the murder of Brian Carrick, when he said that he likely threw a punch that resulted in Carrick's death but Mario Casciaro "made me do it" (or words to that effect).

The McHenry County State's Attorney office went for the jugular on Casciaro and let Lamb go. Not that Lamb was an upstanding citizen or anything, but ...

Casciaro's trial attorney, Brian Telander, summed up Lamb at Casciaro's trial by saying that Lamb was "lying about lying about lying."

Now Lamb says it ain't so. He didn't have anything to do with it, nor did Casciaro.

See yesterday's article in the Northwest Herald, if you haven't already read it.

Have prosecuting attorneys been inclined or willing to do "anything" to get a gold star by their name in the Conviction column in the Great Ledger of Law? I watched their antics in certain cases that still stick in my mind. By this, I mean I was in the courtroom, watching.

However, I was not in the courtroom during Casciaro's last trial, when the State's Attorney's office made its sale. Remember, if you are ever in court and charged with a crime, don't expect to see justice or a fight for Right. It's about winning, and it's about losing.

The State will be trying to win; i.e., to convict you. The defense attorney's job is to keep them from winning. And the jury? It's going to "get sold", by one side of the other. If you have watched McHenry County juries, they aren't rocket scientists. A jury of your peers may be just the reason to ask for a trial by judge, but then you have to hope you don't get a "hangin' judge".

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sheriff's race - which one?

The Northwest Herald carries an article today with information about each candidate for sheriff in the November 4th general election.

The candidates are Independent Jim Harrison and Republican Bill Prim.

The article probably raises more questions than it gives answers. For example, one sentence reads, "Each sat down with the Northwest Herald to discuss the issues running up to the Nov. 4 election." OK, so did they sit down at the same time with representatives of the paper? Or did they meet separately? And who from the paper interviewed them? Was only the reporter, Chelsea McDougall, there?

Maybe there is an editorial on another webpage.

Read the article for yourself. And be sure to read the Comments from readers.

And don't miss the photo. The photo of Prim  appears to have been taken on the first floor of the County Administration Building, looking toward the main building that houses the courts and the sheriff's department. Don't miss the cowboy boots. And the white pants - straight out of the 1970s, aren't they?

Harrison has a fundraiser on Tuesday. Don't fall for the blather from the Prim campaign about having a lawyer for sheriff. Size up each man for his qualifications, education, experience, platform and intentions.

Be sure to vote in the Reader Poll.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Harrison-for-Sheriff fundraiser - Sept. 30

Remember Jim Harrison's fundraiser at the Woodstock Country Club on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join them because "Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their county."
Please R.S.V.P. asap, no later than Sunday, September 28, 2014 (that's tomorrow) ....Tickets are also available at the door for latecomers.
See the full flyer about this event on the Harrison-for-Sheriff website at
In just over one month, one of the most important elections in recent McHenry County history will take place. If you aren't registered, there is still time - barely. So register! And vote on November 4.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Now, THIS is a Sheriff!

 Will McHenry County get this kind of sheriff, when voters go to the polls on November 4?

"As long as I'm the sheriff in this county," says Wicomico County, Maryland Sheriff Mike Lewis, "I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms. I can tell you this, if they attempt to do that, it would be an all-out civil war, no question about it." 

Which candidate would take this position? Either one?

A good way to find out would be to ask the question at a public debate, such as the one proposed for October 8 and to be sponsored by the Northwest Herald and the McHenry County League of Women Voters.

The problem? Republican candidate Bill Prim says he has something better to do. His supporters should persuade him to agree to the debate!