Correction to article ‘Heckinger deep in high-dollar cases’

Because of the complexity of the litigation, several inaccuracies exist in the article “Heckinger deep in high-dollar cases” from the June 13-19, 2007, issue.

In Kathleen Mancuso’s defamation suit, John F. Heckinger and Christopher Mancuso are alleged to have published a false and defamatory accusation. A letter from Heckinger (an exhibit attached to the lawsuit) accuses Ms. Mancuso of allegedly making false and libelous statements about her ex-husband to the Veterans’ Administration. Heckinger sent copies of the letter to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States, the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Veteran’s Rights Bureau.

Mr. Mancuso and Heckinger both argued the letter is a privileged communication related to Mr. Mancuso’s federal lawsuit. Ms. Mancuso, however, in her response to a motion to dismiss filed May 17, cited an Illinois Supreme Court case—Illinois Education Association v. Illinois State Board of Education—arguing the letter is not a privileged communication and that the attorney/client privilege does not apply to information that is intended to be disclosed to third parties.

Judge Ronald Pirrello recused himself May 17, and the case has been continued to July 5.

In Christopher Mancuso’s federal civil case, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs have filed motions to dismiss.

Mr. Mancuso is represented by Heckinger in his federal civil lawsuit, but Mr. Mancuso is pro se in Ms. Mancuso’s defamation suit.

Both suits stem from a lengthy divorce and child-support dispute between the Mancusos.

The Rock River Times regrets the errors.

from the June 27-July 4, 2007, issue

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