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Ridulph hires attorney; Schmack files motion for dismissal in McCullough case

SYCAMORE – Charles Ridulph, the brother of 1957 murder victim Maria Ridulph, has hired an attorney as part of his effort to get a special prosecutor assigned to the case.

Ridulph, who testified at Jack McCullough’s 2012 trial, has asked DeKalb County Judge William Brady to appoint a special prosecutor to defend the guilty verdict. Ridulph has said DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack has acted more like a defense lawyer than a prosecutor.

McCullough was released from prison on bond Friday when Brady vacated his murder conviction. Brady’s decision came after Schmack filed documents claiming McCullough was innocent and had been wrongfully convicted.

Chicago lawyer Bruce Brandwein filed notice to represent Ridulph in the case Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, Schmack filed an amended motion for dismissal of all counts against McCullough, asking the judge to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning that it couldn’t be refiled.

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