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Criminal Law: Supreme Court; Dog Drug Sniff is an Illegal Search

In a U.S. Supreme Court Criminal Law Case on March 26, 2013 the highest court of our land found a dog drug sniff of a person's home from the porch of that residence that indicated the presence of contraband was an illegal search under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution and because that evidence was unlawfully used to obtain a warrant for the house the evidence secured after execution of the warrant should be suppressed. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion for the majority of justices in the case of Florida v. Jardines.

Criminal Law: Battery Charges against 4 clients, Not Guilty

In Criminal Law case The People v. A.M. the judge found the defendants not guilty after a bench trial. The trial took place March 12, 2012 at the Branch Court located at 5555 W. Grand Ave., in Chicago. A.M. and three other defendants were charged with battery after an incident at 3am on Chicago's west side. All four defendants were represented by the firm of Giovannini & Olshansky. During the trial the prosecution presented several employees from the tavern who testified that there was an altercation inside the tavern and that security escorted the four defendants outside when they became unruly, attacked, punched, and bit at the security and tavern personnel. At the end of the altercation it was the defendants that were injured and hospitalized. During this horrible assault on the defendants one of whom was pregnant suffered a miscarriage, another was hospitalized with multiple injuries. Chicago Police who responded to the scene also testified for the prosecution, however, during the cross examination by Dennis Giovannini, it became apparent that the testimony of the security personnel was fabricated and contradicted by what they originally told the police. Under Illinois Criminal Law a charge of battery subjects a person to up to 364 days in the County Jail and a fine up to $2,500.00.  

Criminal Law: Former Supreme Court Justice Mary Ann McMorrow passes

A sad day in Criminal Law, former Supreme Court Justice Mary Ann McMorrow has passed away at age 83. She was the first female on the Illinois Supreme Court, and also the first female Chief Justice. Her legal career was filled with enormous integrity and wisdom, this small post could not even begin to serve a proper acknowledgement or praise of her many achievements. From a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, to Circuit Court Judge, to Appellate Court Justice, to Illinois Supreme Court Chief she was one of the most influential legal minds in the State. Many have said that the barriers she broke as a pioneer for women in law have been incalculable and that she was so vastly influential it is far beyond anything that could be weighed. Her personal life has been counted as a very charitable and that she was very active in many foundations and her church. The legal community has lost a great member of the bar, her wisdom is recorded in many opinions and will pass among the ages.

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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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