Lake County, Illinois Sheriff Calls for Michael Mermel’s Resignation

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

It would have been preferable to go after Mermel for what he’s done instead of what he said to the New York Times, but hey, it’s a start.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is calling for longtime county prosecutor Michael Mermel to be fired for making “inappropriate statements” to the media that Curran said reflect poorly on Lake County’s criminal justice system.

Curran said Thursday he voiced his concerns about Mermel during a closed-door meeting with State’s Attorney Michael Waller Thursday morning.

Though it’s unusual for an elected sheriff to call publicly for a prosecutor’s dismissal, Curran said he did so because of his “disgust” with Mermel’s comments to the media and because of Curran’s respect for the constitutional process.

He cited comments Mermel reportedly made in a recent New York Times story about murder suspects in Lake County who’ve been targeted for prosecution even after DNA evidence pointed to other possible perpetrators…

The sheriff said it’s important for the public to recognize that “Mr. Mermel’s comments are not reflective of the overall majority of law enforcement officials that have made numerous sacrifices and dedicated themselves to seeking justice.”

It’s good that Curran has gone public with this. And this sort of thing is rare enough that he deserves some praise for it. (It probably helps that he has no plans to run for reelection.) But if his last statement were true, he’d have called for Mermel’s resignation years ago. The damage Mermel ahs done to the Lake County criminal justice system didn’t begin with the publication of the Times article on Sunday.

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12 Responses to “Lake County, Illinois Sheriff Calls for Michael Mermel’s Resignation”

  1. #1 |  Dante | 

    “The sheriff said it’s important for the public to recognize that “Mr. Mermel’s comments are not reflective of the overall majority of law enforcement officials that have made numerous sacrifices and dedicated themselves to seeking justice.””

    Oh, really?

    It is important for the sheriff, and all members of Law Enforcement, to recognize that after decades of abuse of the law by those who swore an oath on a bible to uphold the law, We The People believe Mr. Mermel’s comments are highly indicative of the failed, corrupt, depraved state of the criminal justice bureaucracy and those who serve it. Like you.

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

  2. #2 |  BamBam | 

    A pleasure to meet you Mr Grandstanding Hypocrite.

  3. #3 |  John Thacker | 

    @BamBam:

    All politicians are Grandstanding Hypocrites. That’s why it’s important for the politics to be such (and people be educated) that Grandstanding Hypocrisy makes them want to do the right thing.

  4. #4 |  Witch | 

    I wonder how some of these professionals would respond if their lives were turned upside down and inside out for a few years because of someone’s incompetence, lack of common sense or just plain old malicious prosecution.

  5. #5 |  DarkEFang | 

    It bears repeating that when people stop electing grandstanding hypocrites, then politicians will stop being grandstanding hypocrites.

  6. #6 |  CyniCAl | 

    The over/under on Mermel resigning is never. After all, he won’t just “fold up the tent” when someone challenges him.

    The over/under on people stopping electing grandstanding hypocrites is similarly … never.

  7. #7 |  PaulTheCabDriver | 

    It is impossible for politicians of any stripe to be other than grandstanding hypocrites, since hypocracy is one of the symptoms of power lust; the single prerequisite for all politicians through history. The big lie is that in a democracy we can elect “better leaders”; ones immune to this hypocracy. We have been trying to elect good leaders for generations now. It is high time we give it up and admit that democracy is just as big a failure as devine right of kings.

  8. #8 |  Graham Shevlin | 

    The continuing presence of grandstanding hypocrites in the ranks of elected representation is compelling proof that electors are incapable of modifying their voting patterns to screen out such people.
    When people start voting for candidates other than those belonging to the two major parties, I’ll believe that electors are serious about change. Until then, to use my Dad’s expression, the electorate overall is all mouth and no trousers.

  9. #9 |  Randy | 

    Here are my thoughts:

    More on Michael Wallers Clusterf**k that is Lake County Il. Law http://nawf.com/blog/?p=16102

  10. #10 |  "The taxpayers don’t pay us for intellectual curiosity. They pay us to get convictions.” » Gator In The Desert | 

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  12. #12 |  CleanUpLakeCountyGov | 

    This appears to be the tip of the iceberg for Lake County. So arrogant, the clan still meets to seek another avenue to their skew of “justice”. Sad.

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