The widow of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz returned to Lake County court Tuesday to set a new hearing date for the judge to reconsider a previous ruling in the case.
At issue is a May 2017 decision by Judge James Booras when he ruled prosecutors could not introduce text messages and emails between Melodie Gliniewicz and her now-deceased husband at her trial for unlawful use of charitable funds and other charges. The state’s marital privilege laws protect communications between a wife and her husband.
Melodie Gliniewicz, of Antioch Township, has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful use of charitable funds, conspiracy and money laundering. Authorities allege she helped her husband misuse thousands of dollars from the Fox Lake police Explorer youth program.
If found guilty at trial, she could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.
The charges surfaced after Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death in a secluded area of Fox Lake on Sept. 1, 2015. Investigators initially believed the veteran officer was killed in the line of duty, but later determined he killed himself and made it appear as if he’d been gunned down.