June 9, 2005

Terronez going it alone in Kolb and Gregory cases

Despite the fact that they will now stand trial separately, Rock Island States Attorney Jeff Terronez is taking full advantage of the most high-profile case in recent history and will be the chief prosecutor for the cases of both Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory, the two teens are charged in the murder and dismemberment of Adrianne Reynolds in Moline.
The two teenagers facing first-degree murder charges in the slaying and dismemberment of Adrianne Reynolds will not stand trial simultaneously, despite a schedule that currently has them both in court Aug. 9.

Rock Island County State's Attorney Jeff Terronez said Wednesday that he intends to personally prosecute Sarah Kolb of Milan, Ill., and Cory Gregory of Moline, both 17, in the murder of the 16-year-old East Moline girl. He added that court schedules will have to change.

"I'm the prosecutor on both and I can't do both at the same time," he said. "One of them will be continued."

Terronez will have his work cut out for him in going against Public Defender Dave Hoffman, who is defending Kolb and is a very sharp and dedicated attorney in his own right.

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At 6/09/2005 8:53 AM, Blogger diehard said...

This is the case that can solidify Terronez in the states'attorney position.
Since he is being gromed to take over for Evans it will give him a high profile.

At 6/09/2005 9:54 AM, Blogger latinv said...

way to go Jeff. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

At 6/09/2005 5:41 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Diehard, you're right, States Attorney Terronez has been handed a very lucky and golden opportunity to gain some high-profile media. But let's not mix apples and oranges. Being a good states attorney is a million miles from being a worthy candidate for the U.S. House.

Terronez is a kid. He just got elected after doing very little, both legally and politically, around here. My guess is that there are about a dozen more capable and credible Democrats from the QC being groomed for Congress ahead of Mr. Terronez.

At 6/09/2005 8:06 PM, Blogger JCKDNLS69 said...

What are you talking about...he's priming for Illinois Supreme Court Judge..

At 6/10/2005 12:31 PM, Blogger corn husker said...

I'm sure Mr. Teronez had got his hands full of murderers at the moment and isn't thinking about anything else but that. folks can speculate all day about who is gonna run for what and when. I didn't kow that a married man with kids in his 30s was considered a kid anymore/ and all an election is is a popular vote. don't know why others doen't realize that.

At 6/10/2005 1:23 PM, Blogger hud50 said...

Paul Mangieri
Jeff Terronez
Phil Hare
Mark Schwiebert
Sen. Sullivan (Even though he doesn't live in the district)
These are probably the 5 that it comes down to.

At 6/10/2005 1:58 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

Dope...great site. I've been reading from the sidelines for a while now, too timid to join the fray.

I do have to comment about Terronez' situation. As the States Attorney, I would expect him to handle trials such as these. I'm willing to bet publicity is no consideration at all (or at least it's minimal). What would people be saying if he ducked these cases?

At 6/10/2005 2:23 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Hud 50 I hope we have more to choose from than that line-up! We deserve it! Why sullivan? If he doesn't live in the district?

At 6/10/2005 6:19 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Hud - Take Schwiebert off the list if it's for us Dems to choose from on the ballot of the future. Schwiebert is NO DEMOCRAT. He is pathetic and does nothing to help the party he professes to belong to. He may as well say what he really is and run as a Republican if he thinks he's Congressional material.

He has problems in that the Democrats don't like him because they all know he is a big fake. Never does a dam thing to help anyone else out at any fundraisers - just comes to the free Dem Xmas party John G gives every year and asks for help from others. His main base of support are all Republicans. So why is he hiding his true colors??

Sullivan and Mangeri are not contenders. Mangerie is not a good campaigner and Sullivan is outside the geography.

Hud you list is weak.

At 6/10/2005 6:28 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

TexasQCer... hey, glad you're a visitor, and welcome.

I think you're right. Of course Terronez would be expected to take these cases himself, or at least be the public face of the prosecution. It's just that the politicalization of "justice" is so accepted.

This is a dangerous aspect of the law which has led to inumerable miscarriages of justice and false convictions.

I'm not suggesting that is the case here, but the fact that State's Attorney's are an elective office creates often undue pressures and bad decisions into the office.

At 6/10/2005 9:43 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

I agree with your point Dope, but unfortunately it's the system we have to live with. I'm still going to be an optimist and believe that justice will be served.

As for Lane Evans' replacement, I'm afraid there really isn't anyone of note in the pipeline. I think Lane still has some mileage though. I don't see Phil Hare running for anything, although he's likely to be heavily involved in any candidate's campaign.

At 6/11/2005 1:56 AM, Blogger none said...

Lanes replacement is none other the young Senator Mike Jacobs. Come on people- the most accomplished, articulate, handsome, snappiest dresser, altruisic, omnipotent ruler ever born, anyone who has read this blog certainly knows that.

At 6/11/2005 5:39 AM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

Kinda nauseating, ain't it None?

Let me see if I can sort of summarize the views of "Head Usher". I think it goes something like this:

We, the humble unwashed populace of the 36th district should lift our weary eyes heavenward and offer up from the innermost recesses of our hearts and souls our abject, totally undeserving gratitude for being ruled by such a benevolent, handsome, young, well-dressed, hot-shot, hyper-connected, wheeler-dealer, go-getter, corporate-bringer-homer-of the holy bacon, brilliant, courteous, kind, trustworthy, (and all the rest of the Boy Scout stuff) and above all, classy guy, for his even having been born unto Denny Jacobs. We should raise our voices as if one in great rejoicing at his elevation to office by John G. We should also instruct our children to give thanks to God during their bedtime prayers that Senator Mike was able to get his name on a bill, written largely by the Attorney General's staff, that fixed a few words in a previous bill and paved the way for a Casino to move to the swamps.
Every man, woman, child, and various animals will reap incredible benefit from this courageous act. (Well, maybe a handful of rich white guys and Senator Jacob's Big Bag-O-Campaign Cash (tm). The rest of us are encouraged to go throw our money into the swamp once the move is completed.)

All potential foes of the tremendous, fearless, and awe-inspiring Senator, who stands astride the district like a colossus, should tremble and quake at the mere thought of trying to oppose him. He will squash them like a bug!! Behold! Look at all his cash!!! Shudder as you contemplate, as he assures us, that Senator Mike is beloved by literally EVERYBODY! He is unstoppable! Resistance is futile!
Did I mention he has raised a lot of cash?!!

He's only been in office a short time, but surely in a few months there will be many children born who are named after him in sheer gratitude with fond visions of the child becoming state senator without ever having to actually run for office.
Can anyone doubt that in the future we'll have Jacobs Lake, the Jacobs expressway, or at least a statue of the brilliant young statesman astride the twin smokestacks of a casino boat, with arms outstretched towards all and with a few stray large denomination bills peeking out of his pockets?
Truly, we are blessed.

How's that? I pretty much nailed it, didn't I?

At 6/11/2005 6:38 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Amen Slack Jaw. You said it perfectly.

We are all pretty sick of him already and he's a short timer in the seat.

At 6/11/2005 7:50 AM, Blogger none said...

I am thinking this blog thing may backfire on young Senator Jacobs. I would have voted for him over Boland, but now, I may just skip right over that vote. If Boland keeps his mouth shut and says vote for experience, not for nepotism, I just may offer him my vote.
Question, though, if Boland does not jump, does anyone in the primary go after young Senator Jacobs? Would Darrow, McNeil, Ahern, Lack, or the others dare do something like that, isntead of taking on a real incumbent? I would think Darrow is stil pisses at the Jacobs. Didn't Lack want the job before? and try to get it? or has the deal been cut with them to assure only that Boland might run?

At 6/11/2005 10:39 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well, the fact is that Head Usher has blasted Jacob's horn quite a bit around here, while the Boland supporters have been damn near silent. It makes HeadUsher's gushers seem all the more shrill by comparison.

It's one thing to have a good old fashion war of words, but when you're opponent doesn't respond, it starts to seem weird.

At 6/11/2005 10:37 PM, Blogger diehard said...

I appriciate the sarcasim about Jacobs. But as nausiating as our representation is around here their money will keep them where they are for a long time!
Jacobs,Verschoore etc.
ps Hey Headrusher don't drink the bong water!

At 6/12/2005 2:25 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Set aside rank speculation for a moment, and focus on campaigns that are occuring. For instance, let's talk about the Bolond/Haring race.

Republican leaders are said to be "slack-jawed" over a new poll showing Bolond to be "vunerable." "None" in the Republican Party can figure out how or why Bolond is so vunerable. Going into the poll strategist figured after spending so much taxpayer money year after year promoting himself for election, Bolond would have better numbers. As a result, "Somedaysoon" Boland's political career may come to an abrupt end.

While "diehards" from the 60's will likely be too far gone to vote, "hardcore" Democrats will mpt be spun or "DOPEd" --- and instead vote Mike Boland out of office!

According to sources close to Republican polling results, Jacobs' numbers were "off the chart!" A Republican staffer suggested a challeng to Jacobs may only bring more "hardcore Democrats" to the polls," therefore, "Mike will likely avoide a serious Republican challenger in the fall!"

PS None (Mike Boland), do you remeber if you ever made a term limit pledge when you first ran for state represenative, as suggested by your opponent, Steve Haring, in his recent campaign announcement?

At 6/12/2005 2:48 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

heehee. Very nice work there H.U.

But, I recall an old saying, "Live by the poll, die by the poll."

But that said, without having access to the internals of the polls you cite, I'd agree that what you represent as the poll results look favorable to Jacobs.

I've never argued that Jacobs is not popular or that he isn't sitting pretty to withstand any challenge. As a matter of fact, my personal view is that I'd be completely shocked if anyone emerges to challenge him in the primaries.

Despite H.U.'s over the top PR crap, Jacobs is in a very enviable position with incumbency, his Dad, his sources for big bucks, and of course, being a basically decent guy.

Once the rookie jitters subside, I think Jacobs can have the job as long as he wants to work at it.

That's not to say it's impossible that he might face a challenge however. I would advise that no one should ever feel as though they're invulnerable to challenge or defeat. To believe such a thing is dangerous and leaves one open to getting a hell of a shock, or at the very least, scrambling like mad at the last minute.

Jacobs hasn't been idle, and has jumped into the permanent campaign with a vengence. It's the fact that he's in full campaign mode all the time that has rubbed some the wrong way, including myself.

But that's a minor point. With the public at large, it's probably paying dividends for Jacobs. His chasing publicity may be a bit overdone, but it's probably all good politics in the end.

How his partisan's attempts to preemptively smear, demean, and dismiss Boland plays is anyone's guess.

But bear in mind that the Boland bashing hasn't been for mass consumption, but is limited to this little corner of the web.

As far as I can tell, Jacobs is wise enough to have kept the lid on the anti-Boland rhetoric as far as the press goes.

At 6/12/2005 7:12 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

No one takes ownership of the poll done in the QC about who should replace Lane Evans?

Usher - comone I bet you know all about it.

That was way too premature whomever decided to run that little excercise. For anyone in office now with money sitting now eyeing the seat - this type of stupid move will backfire.

Comon incumbants - are you that secure that you think you can survivie anything? Do you think you can do stupid stuff like that and not have any damage?

Keep on making big mistakes and see where it leads you - money and incumbancy is not everything - you have to be smart too....


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