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Archives for: June 29th, 2020

Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

Flimsy Evidence and Unreliable “Expert” Testimonies: Ray Krone’s Story

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It was, according to news reports from that time, a brutal and undeserved death. A 36-year-old female bartender was found dead in the men’s restroom of the bar where she worked in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 29, 1991. Apparently, she had died from a fatal stab wound, and there was little evidence to help officers track down the killer. Besides the fact that she was found naked, there were no signs of a physical assault or semen [...]

How public defenders are suffering across the U.S.

What can be done when funds and public defenders are scarce? John Stuart, Minnesota State Public Defender, wrote an editorial in the Star Tribune back in March on the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright to call attention to the issues facing the public defense system in our nation. It seems, writes Stuart, that access to public counsel is at risk – both locally and nationally.

 

Gideon v. Wainwright established every person’s right to legal counsel, even if they [...]

When Chicago Police “Crack Down” on DUIs

As happens with many police forces, area police recently vowed to increase their vigilance when it comes to drunk driving. Consequently, one recent weekend saw multiple DUI arrests in the area because the fact is, when law enforcement promises to “crack down” on a particular criminal activity, arrests increase. However, an increase in arrests doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is in place to see an increase in convictions, especially when the one charged has a good defense lawyer from the [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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