Chicago Tribune

Judge orders release of Lemak 911 call

By Art Barnum
Tribune Staff Writer
Chicago Tribune December 3, 1999

A DuPage County Circuit Court judge today ordered the release of a transcript of the 911 call made by Marilyn Lemak in which she alerted Naperville police to the deaths of her three young children.

But Judge George Bakalis ruled against releasing a tape recording of the March 5 call, and said he would not order the release of the transcript for at least 30 days in order to give parties in the Lemak case time to appeal his decision.

He set the next court date for Dec. 17.

Lawyers for the Chicago Tribune had sought the release of the tape, arguing it already was in the public domain because it was played during a prior hearing.

At today's hearing, Bakalis did not give a reason for his decision regarding the tape, but he said his legal justification would be contained in a written decision to be released later today.

Lemak called a police dispatcher from her Naperville home the morning after she allegedly drugged and suffocated her children, and then tried unsuccessfully to take her own life. Investigators have alleged that Lemak was distraught over the breakup of her marriage.

Lemak has been charged with the murders and has pleaded not guilty. Her attorney has said he would use an insanity defense when the case goes to trial.

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