The big question for some now, as a result of Judge Meyer's decision yesterday to dismiss a request for a Special Prosecutor, is whether the McHenry County State's Attorney will open an investigation into the issues raised by an employee of the Sheriff's Department.
SAO attorney Don Leise fought hard to keep one from being appointed. His position was that there is no conflict-of-interest that would rise to such a level that it would impair the ability of the State's Attorney to properly investigate allegations that have begun to surface about Sheriff Keith Nygren.
Did the People win yesterday? Was yesterday's hearing about protecting the interest of the People? About saving the cost of a Special Prosecutor, when an existing taxpayer-supporting agency was already in place? Attorney Leist was quite animated when he said that five Special Prosecutors had been appointed in McHenry County in the past two years, whereas none had been appointed in his previous 25 years years in the practice of law. What did that possibly have to do with how Judge Meyer might decide?
Will the public trust be maintained in the Office of the States's Attorney? Will it begin to investigate the issues for which a Special Prosecutor was being sought?
Was the State's Attorney's Office fighting on principle on behalf of the People, when it filed its Motion to Dismiss (the request for a Special Prosecutor)?
Or was the State's Attorney already representing its client, the McHenry County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Keith Nygren, when it fought so hard to prevent the appointment of a Special Prosecutor?
Was it a defense of the sheriff to prevent the appointment, because its client's position was that he did not want to be investigated?
When will the State's Attorney's Office begin its investigation?