The Walworth County DA, Zeke Wiedenfeld dismissed a felony charge this morning against a violent Illinois man. Kenosha DA Mike Graveley recused himself on this case, as he is a BLM supporter.
The founder of the Lake County, IL chapter of black lives matter was charged with one count of felony bail jumping. This crime is very serious and brings with it a possibility of six years in the Wisconsin Prison System. Clyde J McLemore (62) of Zion, IL is alleged to have committed a new crime while out on bond for a felony of attempted battery to a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. Late last year a jury came back with a split verdict, convicting McLemore with only a misdemeanor.
McLemore was arrested on October 3, 2022 with trespass to state land when he got disorderly during a Waukegan, IL City Council meeting and refused to leave. He was arrested after he shouted, used profanity, called the mayor a “bitch” and refused to leave the meeting. This was all caught on the below body-worn-camera footage. He was out on bail and awaiting trial at the time. At first, neither Kenosha County DA Michael Graveley nor Walworth County DA Zeke Wiedenfeld would charge McLemore. Only after this author filed a John Doe petition, did Wiedenfeld file charges. McLemore has a criminal history spanning almost 45 years with many felony convictions, some violent.
McLemore arrived 4 and a half hours early by mistake in December for his hearing and I was there for another case. McLemore said “This motha’ fuckin’ reporter is always everywhere I’m at. What’s your problem with Black Lives Matter?” I told McLemore his political affiliations didn’t make his conduct newsworthy, but his history of violence does, like when he dragged a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy with his car and injured the deputy. He then told me that I got the number of felonies that he’s been charged with wrong. I asked him for the correct number and he responded “my attorney told me not to talk to you.” During the Rittenhouse trial, he told me and a group of about 50 protesters that he “had more than 20 felonies.”
His attorney, Deja Vishny, is a far-left liberal activist attorney that took McLemore’s case on a pro-bono basis at first, but then convinced the State of Wisconsin to make the taxpayers pay McLemore’s legal bills. She doesn’t like KCE. In fact, during McLemore’s trial she objected to me taking photos, saying that my camera was too loud and distracting. The Judge refused to ban photography, but politely asked that I limit photos, which I happily obliged. Vishny is also representing a number of other folks involved in the Kenosha riots of 2020, seemingly all on a pro bono basis. Vishny argued that McLemore’s conduct during the meeting in which he was arrested was all conduct protected by the first amendment. She made a similar motion in the previous case, saying that McLemore kicking a door closed to injure a police officer was protected first amendment activity. Vishny is also claiming that DA Wiedenfeld either concealed information in the criminal complaint or inserted inaccurate information, known as a “Franks-Mann” violation.
McLemore had on a gold necklace that he quickly concealed when I was taking his photo in December. I got one just before. The necklace said “BLM” and looked expensive. It is unknown if Patrisse Khan-Cullors purchased the necklace for McLemore.
We made contact with Walworth County District Attorney Zeke Wiedenfeld to ask why he dismissed the charge. He sent us a copy of a letter he sent to the Kenosha Court. The Lake County Illinois State’s attorney Eric Rinehart (D) dismissed the Illinois criminal charge against McLemore so Wiedenfeld did the same with the Wisconsin Felony. Wiedenfeld, as an excuse said “I believe the defendant’s inappropriate conduct at the meeting could still be considered by the court when sentencing on Kenosha County case 21CF181.” Wiedenfeld is speaking of the Disorderly Conduct charge that he was found guilty of in Kenosha where he has yet to be sentenced.
According to a document obtained by KCE, Clyde’s BLM of Lake County was recently granted $300,000 from the Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker. KCE expects to report on future criminal activity for McLemore.