Annabel Melongo of Chicago, who since 2006 has been fighting a string of dubious criminal charges, is kicking back in federal court with a wide-ranging civil rights lawsuit.
The case was filed in July, but I only got wind of it today via IllinoisCorruption.net, a website that chronicles her legal travails, including, per reporter Mark Guarino in the Christian Science Monitor last year, a 20-month jailing "for recording phone conversations with a county clerk."
Except for two sentences in a Sun-Times column by Carol Marin, Melongo's plight has been completely ignored by Illinois media.
Meanwhile, the NBC affiliate in Terre Haute, Indiana, thought she was worth a two-night investigative report and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has also been on the story.
|Annabel K. Melongo screenshot from NBC2 Terre Haute I-Team report|
It's a complicated case that's been going on for over seven years, but the federal complaint includes a very readable blow-by-blow description. Click here to download a copy.
Here's the bare bones: