EDGAR CO. –
Herb Whitlock and Randy Steidl are going to get their day in court, provided no settlement is reached between now and the trial dates.
Steidl’s jury selection and jury trial are scheduled to begin on January 14, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Whitlock’s jury selection and jury trial are scheduled to begin on February 25, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.
Some very interesting reading for those that have been following this case.
You can download several of the files to read for yourself but its clear, on June 20th 2012 McFatridge filed for a Motion to Stay Mandate. On June 22, 2012 the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit DENIED that motion! (McFatridge order 6-22-2012)
The court was pretty clear, as is expected when seeking justice! (Notice of Mandate File 6-26-2012)
“The fact that McFatridge eventually proceeded with this prosecution does not wipe away his involvement in the investigation at its earliest stages. He went to the scene of the crime and the hospital shortly after the murders, long before probable cause supported any arrests or anyone had sought his advice as a lawyer. Under the functional line the Supreme Court drew in Buckley, a prosecutor does not enjoy absolute immunity before he has probable cause. 509 U.S. at 274; see Feilds, 672 F.3d at 512 (“Prosecutors do not function as advocates before probable cause to arrest a suspect exists.”).
No Federal or State Immunity for McFatridge!
“Because McFatridge is not protected by immunity on the federal claims we have identified, he is not protected by immunity on the comparable state claims.”
From that docket there are some very interesting comments from the court. It makes you wonder, with previous admissions relating to cocaine use and/or possession by former States Attorney McFatrdridge, what was really going on in Paris Illinois and how many of those people are still here exercising their corruption? Was McFatrdige involved in illegal Gambling?
“Shortly before the murders, Steidl and Whitlock had met with an FBI agent to complain about illegal gambling in Paris. At that meeting, they named local attorneys who were involved in the gambling ring. Although it is not clear whether they mentioned Michael McFatridge, the State’s Attorney, he was allegedly among those involved in the illegal activity. As it happened, the FBI agent in whom Steidl and Whitlock confided knew McFatridge; the two had a close working relationship.”
It appears from the reading, and the rulings, corruption and disregard for the law was alive and well 20+ years ago, just as it appears to be now. How many look back on their support of Michael McFatridge, knowing what he was involved in and can honestly say supporting him was the right thing? I have interviewed several people who knew first hand of his drug use yet it was ignored because people didn’t think it really mattered or it didn’t involve them.
I pray to God people wake up and realize the leadership you select during elections today lays the groundwork for the society you will have in the future. Corruption breeds corruption! The moral fiber of our society, the true meaning of right and wrong rests squarely on the shoulders of We The People.
When we select officials for office based on friendship or party, we do a disservice to our Founding Fathers and ourselves. Electing the right people for the job takes careful evaluation and should not be done on a whim.
Seek the Truth as it has no Agenda!