One-time Hoffman Estates mayoral candidate Christopher Lee Bollyn remained at large Friday, missing his second court date since being convicted by a jury in June.
His attorney told Cook County Judge Hyman Riebman he had spoken with Bollyn by phone and via e-mail but remains uncertain of his specific whereabouts.
Those liars claiming Chris has been "murdered" must argue that the attorney and everyone else who has been in contact with Chris or Helje are either part of the conspiracy, or are total dupes. And the "Bollyns abducted" theories are almost as bad, certainly much sillier than belief in UFOs or little green men. It's no surprise that proponents of the "Chris Bollyn murdered / abducted" theories are keeping a low profile...
Lawyer Paul Moreschi also said he really “can’t explain” his client’s absence, though he said he has been told Bollyn’s wife is ill and is now seeking medical treatment.
According to Jay Bollyn, who is a far more reliable witness than certain other people I can think of, it was a dental problem requiring root canal treatment, which was why they went to Sweden, before probably going on to Tallinn, Estonia.
Bollyn, 50, was convicted in June of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He missed his original sentencing date in June, in addition to Friday’s. He faces up to a year in jail.
A warrant is out for his arrest. If he is arrested or turns himself in, he’ll be held without bail and will have to pay the remaining $900 of his original $1,000 bond.
Moreschi tried to get the case delayed Friday, saying he’d received documents from a Bollyn family friend — a pediatrician — confirming Bollyn’s wife’s medical issues.
Moreschi also asked to be removed as Bollyn’s attorney. Riebman denied that request.
Requests for a new trial and reversal of the conviction are pending, but won’t be argued without Bollyn present.
The case began a year ago, when Bollyn, a writer who lost in Hoffman Estates’ 2000 mayor primary, called 911 to report a suspicious car.
The car turned out to be an unmarked police squad, and prosecutors said a wrestling match ensued in Bollyn’s yard when the officers came back to identify themselves. Bollyn suffered a broken elbow and he alleged police brutality.
At the trial, prosecutors said the officers, who tackled Bollyn and stunned him with a Taser, were defending themselves against an irate man who made a fist in an officer’s face and yelled that he was going inside to “get reinforcements.”
Defense attorneys said police used excessive force.
Bollyn has written pieces alleging the government was involved in covering up a Sept. 11 conspiracy, and said the arrest was an attempt to suppress him and his views.
His court absences have spawned online speculation from supporters and others as to his whereabouts.
Bollyn said in an Internet posting last August that he intended to seek asylum in Norway or in Switzerland. Bollyn’s wife, Helje Kaskel, is from Estonia; the family traveled abroad frequently.
>COOK COUNTY - A Web-based writer who failed to appear in June for a sentencing hearing after a run-in with Hoffman Estates police has been in phone and e-mail contact, his lawyer said Friday.
But Paul Moreschi said he does not know the whereabouts of Christopher Bollyn, 50, who was convicted of misdemeanor aggravated assault and resisting arrest after a four-day jury trial in the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court. A warrant was issued for Bollyn's arrest.
At a status hearing Friday, Moreschi said, "I haven't seen him, but I have had communication with him since the last court date."
"We're still looking for him," said Steven Casstevens, Hoffman Estates assistant police chief.
If the police think they're going to find him, they've got another think coming.