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Judge Tosses Extortion Case Against Sheriff

GREENWOOD, IL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A federal judge has dismissed a case of alleged extortion brought by an Illinois promoter against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.

According to the Daily Herald, the case against the Sheriff was brought by Michael and Joeleen Stanard who assert that Sheriff Nygren demanded that Stanard hire off-duty deputies at $40 an hour to provide security for shows the Stanards were promoting at Galt Airport in Greenwood. The Stanards allege that the Sheriff threatened to shut down access events if they didn't play ball and were seeking $2 million in damages and penalties.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Kapala said he didn't see the merit of the case and in a five page ruling, he noted that the suit failed to meet legal standards and contained "several questionable claims."

The Stanards have until September 30th to refile, however the judge cautioned them to "to ensure that any claims asserted are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument" the Daily Herald reported. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writer