McHenry Co. (ECWd) -
Yes, we used that title in hopes of getting everyone's attention so they would read this article, and yes, the attorney really said that. The Gooch quote came from CBS reporting at this link.
Former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller retained legal counsel from none other than Thomas Gooch III. The same attorney that let the world know he likes large breasts, just not in the courtroom sitting at the table with opposing counsel. Yes, that is old news but in light of recent information, worthy of connecting it to what appears to be a pattern for Gooch.
In the large breast case, Gooch actually filed a motion to have a person removed citing the woman's presence was theatrics to distract the jury and that he does not think she is qualified to sit at the table with counsel. Surprising, the Google Search results from this event from over 7 years ago still yields first page hits.
In that motion, Gooch cited no facts and simply made insinuations the person was not qualified to be where she was. In short, the motion was based on speculation.
During one of the hearings in Mchenry County, Gooch, who is defending Bob Miller in what is now known as the Circus of Algonquin Township, the Gooch pattern of practice appears once again. A pattern of speculation, insinuation, and outright false statements before the court. The transcript reading makes you wonder where the local media is?
"Mr. Gooch even makes bold statements in his motion that I've charged $136,000 to, you know, my client. And to be clear, I haven't charged a penny on this case to my client."
So if attorney Hanlon has not charged a penny in that case, Gooch's claim to the contrary would be a false statement to the court. It appears to be courtroom theatrics. I guess the Northwest Herald missed that in all their reporting of attorney fees the Algonquin Road District has incurred.
"So that's why I characterize this as nothing more than a witch hunt for entertainment purposes". (Gooch)
A witch hunt for entertainment purposes? How on earth is one elected official's efforts of accountability a witch hunt? Better yet, how is it a witch hunt when his client invokes his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination? Gooch knows this is no witch hunt, although reading his comments are entertaining.
"Now they have the Edgar County Watchdogs involved, and they furnish them documents" (Gooch)
Gooch falsely claimed "they" have us involved and that "they" are providing them with documents. They being the current Highway Commissioner and his attorney. These statements came on November 17th, 2017.
So there is no confusion, no one has us involved in the Algonquin Circus under the Big Top. As for as providing us documents, our first Freedom of Information Act request was submitted after Gooch's false statement to the court.
Gooch appears to have a pattern of making accusations of opposing parties engaging in theatrics, witch hunts, entertainment etc. Sadly, reading the transcript from just one case it becomes evident that a mirror would be a good tool for Gooch. Looking into it would reflect it is Gooch who is practicing the art of theatrics as he has no problem making statements before a judge that have no basis in fact.
We encourage everyone to read the transcript as it discloses some key facts that the Northwest Herald has not shared with the public. Now that the transcript is published it will be interesting to see what they do with it.