Thursday, April 26, 2012

Special prosecutor "factory"?

I almost missed Kevin Lyons' op-ed piece on Page 2 of this morning's Northwest Herald. After reading the two Page 1 articles by Kevin Craver and Sarah Sutschek, I skipped to Page A6 for the continuations. Then, after reading my favorite three comic strips and as I walked to the re-cycle bag, my eye caught "The Right Decision" and Lyons' comment that it would have set a "horrible precedent" to have a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Sheriff Keith Nygren.

Oh, really?

The only "horrible precedent" I can think of is that a special prosecutor would investigate, indict, prosecute and convict Nygren, who has been sheriff of McHenry County since 1997 or 1998.

Keep in mind that I experienced Nygren's "evil eye" in the Jewel-Osco parking lot in September 2009. And I immediately reported it to the Woodstock Police Department, insisting that the officer issue a report number and requiring him to write a report. That was four months before Seipler filed his Petition.

One would think that "the" daily newspaper of McHenry County would be clamoring for an investigation. Why wouldn't it want the air to be cleared? Do we have an honest sheriff or don't we?

Is it likely that this summer the McHenry County Board will have the opportunity - nay, the duty and obligation - to appoint Nygren's successor for the remaining term of his office to December 1, 2014? Is the heat in the "kitchen" too hot? Does a summer in Minocqua and the first year of retirement sound like a good idea to Nygren?

On the other hand, why not spend the summer in Minocqua and just keep drawing his $12,000/month salary?

Why didn't Nygren himself comment to the Northwest Herald's reporter Sarah Sutschek? She certainly has the "inside track" at MCSD. Was Nygren even in town yesterday? How many days has he been in his office this year? Sutschek wrote, "Through his secretary, Nygren said that the court's decision speaks for itself and requires no further comment from him."

Remember that Keith was the one who asserted that he had the right to be present and represented in a court hearings that might lead to appointment of a special prosecutor. Judge Meyer saw right through that one and tossed that plan out of his courtroom. As he should have.

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