"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Bianchi's Judge to Instruct May 3 for Illinois Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor
Winnebago County Judge Joseph McGraw, who last month ruled in favor of McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi in a swift directed verdict and is also presiding at Bianchi's upcoming trial, is scheduled to instruct at a training seminar for the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor (ILSAAP) May 2 - 6 in Naperville.
The upcoming training seminar features McGraw on a three-person panel discussion next Tuesday for pre-trial motions with LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne and St. Clair County Chief of Criminal Division Steve Sallerson, according to a course schedule found on the Agency's website. David O'Connor of Orland Park is shown as the course's coordinator.
O'Connor was the special prosecutor specifically requested by Bianchi to investigate Amy Dalby, a former employee of the state's attorney's office and a key witness against Bianchi in the case before McGraw last month. ILSAAP training seminars are coordinated by O’Connor who has had contracts renewed annually since since 2007 totaling $150,000.
In September 2010, McGraw was appointed to preside over the combined 26 felony charges of conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice by Bianchi and his secretary, Joyce Synek. Bianchi opted for a bench trial in February. Last month, McGraw declared Bianchi and Synek not guilty of all charges in an unusual directed verdict several hours after the prosecution rested their case and before the defense offered any evidence. A second trial for additional felony charges against Bianchi and others is scheduled for June.