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Patrick KenneallyWelcome to the website for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.  It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the hardworking people of McHenry County as their State’s Attorney.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney's Office is a public trust, it belongs to and is paid for by you the People.  My job is to ensure that it is working on your behalf. It is further my job to uphold your confidence in our Office and the justice system.  To do this, our daily goal is to be the most effective, ethical, and efficient state’s attorney’s office in the State.

I invite you to explore the site and see for yourself the many services we offer.  If we can be of any assistance to you, do not hesitate to email us at statesattorney@co.mchenry.il.us or call at (815) 334-4159.

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State's Attorney/Prairie Ridge Mock Trial

The State's Attorney's Office and Prairie Ridge Teamed Up For a Mock Trial

Post Date:01/07/2017 7:32 PM

mock trialOn January 6, 2017, Prairie Ridge's Business Law Class, taught by Coach Bryan Peckhart, took a field trip to the McHenry County Courthouse to put on a mock trial.  The Prairie Ridge students were divided into four teams, two teams of prosecuting attorneys and their witnesses and two teams of defense attorneys and their witnesses.  All four teams were assigned an assistant state's attorney as a coach, and two assistant state's attorneys played the role of judge. 

 The fictitious case involved a female college student that died after drinking too much water at a sorority pledge event.  The head of the sorority was charged with Reckless Homicide and Hazing.  The Prairie Ridge trial teams were extremely well-prepared and fought hard for their respective positions.  After a back-and-forth legal battle, both student juries that heard the case returned verdicts of "not guilty" on all counts.  

 While we had a blast working with these bright kids, after the verdicts, the State's Attorney's Office will be sure to strike any Prairie Ridge students from real juries going forward. :) 

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