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Morocco Omari and the Stigma of Chicago Domestic Battery Charges

Former Empire actor Morocco Omari recently fought a battle with domestic violence charges. What happened?

 

Omari, 46, was arrested in April 2017 for misdemeanor domestic battery. That month, a 24-year-old woman who claimed to be Omari’s girlfriend told police that he had pushed her during an argument and caused injuries.

 

The woman is from North Carolina and was visiting Chicago for the first time in April 2017. She claimed he assaulted her after she insulted him in his [...]

New Bill Would Make Custody Harder for Domestic Violence Offenders

Nearly everyone agrees in principle that child custody should be awarded with the safety and best interests of the child at heart. However, in practice, child custody cases are often complex and fraught with gray areas, meaning that blanket policies may be counterproductive to individual cases.

 

New legislation proposed by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-02), who is the co-founder of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, is intended to prioritize child safety in custody and visitation adjudications. This legislation would make child [...]

No Illinois Domestic Violence Charges for Jennifer Hudson’s Ex

Former American Idol star Jennifer Hudson recently dropped a protection order she filed against her ex-fiance David Otunga, and reports say the two are now focused on doing what’s best for their child. What happened?

 

Back in November of 2017, Hudson filed a protective order against Otunga for alleged threats and harassment, including pushing her. However, a police investigation cleared Otunga of the charges, and Hudson dropped the emergency order of protection against him two weeks after it was [...]

Linking Domestic Violence to Mass Murder in Illinois Is a Mistake

With several national incidents of mass murders in the headlines this year, a number of reports have appeared alleging that domestic violence is a precursor to mass shootings. The histories of many of the shooters would seem to support this.

 

Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November 2017, had a history of domestic violence. In 2012, he was convicted on charges of domestic violence and was dishonorably discharged from the Air [...]

What the Rise in Illinois Domestic Violence Homicides Could Mean

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

During this month, there is a call “on all Americans to promote the safety and liberty of the women, men, and children who are subjected to violent, intimidating, or controlling behavior at the hands of those closest to them.”

 

While domestic violence is taken seriously in our state and throughout the country, Illinois is currently experiencing a rise in domestic violence homicides, which could be related to state budget cuts.

 

Let’s [...]

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Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Murder | Violent Crimes

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

Protesting

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 [...]

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