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posted: 11/2/2012 12:02 PM

Nerheim has right ideas, background

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What I know to be true about Mike Nerheim: He believes politics have no place in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, that the state's attorney's office should reflect impartiality toward all people, across all party lines, and be committed to justice, fairness and fighting public corruption.

Mike will introduce an Alternative Prosecution Program for first-time, non-violent offenders, giving people a second chance. Mike has extensive trial experience on both sides of the law, with the ability to ensure fairness, integrity and justice.

He's licensed to practice in both federal and state courts, is a current faculty member of Columbia College, lectures on the laws of "evidence" in both criminal and civil cases, and DNA.

He has experience handling complex civil litigation and municipal law as a prosecutor with traffic, violence, felony, drugs, domestic misdemeanor and juvenile. He's been appointed by the courts to investigate post-conviction issues to protect indigent defendants' constitutional rights and as conflict counsel for indigent defendants.

Mike is a longstanding Teen Court Judge in Warren Township, V.P. of Lake County Bar Foundation, Advisory Council member for Staben House (transitional housing for homeless women and children), an attorney for the Police Commission, partner in law firm and a judge for college/university mock trial tournaments.

The Chicago Tribune and The Daily Herald endorsed Mike. He has endorsements of federal, state and local law enforcement, including Lake County Sheriff, FOP Waukegan Lodge 5, Waukegan Police Benevolent and Protective Association, Lake County Sheriff's FOP Lodge 66, Waukegan Firefighters IAFF Local 473, the United Hellenic Voters of America and many well-known and highly respected attorneys, retired judges, etc.

He will bring real change, by preventing wrongful convictions, eradicating the threat of gangs, guns and drugs in our communities.

Mike Nerheim is the clear choice for state's attorney of Lake County.

Pam Pavlik


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