WTVP - Interesting People
Interesting People - a WTVP series hosted by Ed Sutkowski—features half-hour conversations of thoughtful dialogue with ordinary individuals who have achieved extraordinary measures of success in the arts, business, communications, education, science and sports.

"Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."
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Episode #1207 -
Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq
Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq - First Assistant State's Attorney, Peoria County, Illinois
Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq - First Assistant State's Attorney, Peoria County, Illinois
Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq. and Ed Sutkowski
Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq. and Ed Sutkowski
Ed Sutkowski
Ed Sutkowski
Host Ed Sutkowski talks with Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq., First Assistant State's Attorney for Peoria County, Illinois.
Original Air Date(s): 5/9/2014
Biographical Information
Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq., First Assistant State's Attorney, Peoria County, Illinois
photo of Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq. Nancy J. Mermelstein, Esq. graduated from the Belleville, Illinois schools, received her Bachelor's of Arts and History from the University of Illinois with a minor in Political Science and Economics and received her teaching certificate in 1969. Ms. Mermelstein taught history and economics at the Belleville Township High School for six years, lost her passion for teaching and decided to enter law school. She received her Juris Doctorate in January of 1978, was employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and provided legal services for several regulatory programs and represented the agency in over 50 administrative hearings. Thereafter, Ms. Mermelstein became associated with a general practice firm and represented plaintiffs in both State and Federal Courts.

Ms. Mermelstein was employed as a Peoria County Assistant State's Attorney in 1991, began prosecuting juvenile and felony cases and then felonies of violent crimes beginning in 1982. Since March of 1988, Ms. Mermelstein has acted as the first assistant, has prosecuted all major murder cases, oversees both civil and criminal operations and in the absence of Jerry Brady, State's Attorney, is responsible for the supervision of the 25 lawyers employed by the Office of the State's Attorney.

Ms. Mermelstein is of the view that "great crimes deserve great punishments." She discussed five of her major cases: in 2001, Martin Myrieckes, a video tape, sex offender at the community center; in 2006, serial killer, Larry D. Bright, 8 victims, by strangulation and drug overdose, pleads guilty without parole; in 2006, James Trent, girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter with teeth still in her pocket; in 2010, Tracy Hermann and James Sergent, their 5-month-old child, strapped to car seat for 8 days; and in 2010, Pollard, 2-month-old child.
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