Lake County, Illinois’ DNA-denying prosecutor is stepping down.
Interestingly, the Tribune piece notes that in 2009 Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran—who last week called for Mermel’s resignation—praised Mermel as a “prosecutor’s prosecutor.” Which is a good indication that Sheriff Curran’s moment of principle had more to do with some unfavorable New York Times exposure than genuine outrage at Mermel. That, or Curran was more offended by what Mermel said to the Times than what he’s been doing as a prosecutor, which is just as bad. Given that Mermel’s boss State’s Attorney Michael Waller has defended Mermel through all of this, and has defended the preposterous arguments Mermel has made in court, it’s probably time for him to go, too.
The story has another strange twist. The Tribune article notes that Mermel is currently serving jury duty. Someone needs to fire his lawyer.