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February 2013 Archives

Criminal Law: No Probable Cause, Preliminary Hearing; Cocaine

In Criminal Law case the People v. C.M. on February 25, 2013 there was a finding of no probable cause at the preliminary hearing for felony charges of possession of cocaine. The charges carried a term in the State penitentiary for a period of one to three years. After the finding by the judge that there was not enough evidence against our client the charges were dismissed. During the hearing at the 111th and Ellis branch court in Chicago a police officer testified that a vehicle was curbed for a traffic violation when the officer searched the driver of the vehicle he discovered a significant amount of cocaine. After the cocaine was recovered the officer testified that there was an alleged confession by our client that he had just sold the cocaine to the driver.

Criminal Law: Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years

Criminal Law update from Joliet, Illinois. Drew Peterson was sentenced today to 38 years in an Illinois State Penitentiary. Months ago he was convicted of the murder of his fourth wife Kathleen Savio in the nationally publicized trial. Peterson's trial team, minus lead attorney Joel Brodsky, filed the motion for a new trial based on many alleged errors but the most publicized was the ineffective assistance of his lead attorney Joel Brodsky for calling to the witness stand a Harry Smith.

Criminal Law: Jessie Jackson Jr. Officially Charged

In Federal Criminal Law yesterday, February 15, 2013, The United States Attorney's Office in Washington D.C. officially charged Jessie Jackson Jr. with using his campaign funds for personal use, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and making false statements.

Criminal Law: Heavy Hitters Call for Stiffer Gun Penalties

Criminal Law is undergoing changes in Illinois and heavy hitters from Chicago are taking their positions to the law makers.  Mayor Emanuel, State Attorney Alvarez, and Superintendent McCarthy are to address the legislature and purpose stiffer gun penalties.  Some of the topics that are being addressed are the mandatory jail time provisions for first offenders, raising the minimum sentences for gun offenses, and changing the truth in sentencing law, which now allows for those convicted to only serve 50% of their sentence, to having them serve 85% of the sentence imposed. 

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Recent Cases
  • Date: January 29, 2013
    Charges: Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons
    Case Title: People v. C.D.
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 23, 2013
    Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
    Case Title: People v. E.J.
    Location: Bridgeview, Cook County District Five
    Outcome: Motion to Suppress Granted, charges dismissed

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  • Date: January 18, 2013
    Charges: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
    Case Title: People v. R.V
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 16, 2013
    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. D.L.
    Location: Markham, Cook County District 6
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 12, 2013
    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. J.S.
    Location: Maywood, Cook County District 4
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: November 30, 2012
    Charges: Murder
    Case Title: People v. J.B.
    Location: Skokie, Cook County District 2
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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