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Case against county ready for trial

WOODSTOCK – A May 11 trial date was set for a Richmond man’s malicious prosecution claims against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Gary Gauger was convicted and later exonerated of his parents’ 1993 murders.

Former Gov. George Ryan pardoned Gauger after his conviction was overturned, and federal authorities secured convictions against two Outlaw motorcycle gang members for the murders.

McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre set the trial date after attorneys representing the county backed away from efforts to receive information about recommendations and decisions surrounding the pardon from the Illinois State Archives.

Both sides agreed that the fact, not the basis, for the pardon would be admissible at trial, where Gauger will try to prove that the criminal actions against him ended in his favor.

The lawsuit, filed in 2003, seeks unspecified damages of more than $50,000.

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