Crime & Courts

Courthouse domestic violence display to come down

WOODSTOCK – T-shirts hung as part of an anti-domestic-violence display at the McHenry County Government Center will be taken down after a local defense attorney claimed they could prejudice potential jurors against defendants being prosecuted in the center's courtrooms.

Matt Haiduk had sent a letter to courthouse officials opposing the display by domestic violence agency Turning Point. The shirts, which are designed by victims and strung across the building's main stairway, create a bias in potential jurors, he said.

County Administrator Pete Austin said Thursday afternoon that the decision was made after taking a look at next week's docket and finding a handful of cases that could go to jury trial.

"[We're going to] err on the side of caution," he said, adding that the shirts would likely be removed Friday.
 

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