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(This column originally ran in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in August, 2013)
Terrance Thompson was a heroin addict in Chicago prone to arrests and brief (one to two day) stays in jail until he ran into members of the Chicago Police Department's notorious Special Operations Sections (known as "SOS") in the fall of 2002. That encounter resulted in this non-violent drug possessor going to prison for several years for a gun that he contended was planted on him by members of the Special Operations Section, in retaliation for his refusal to be their snitch.
(This column first ran in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in July, 2013)
Although it was not publicized as much as the ruling on DNA that came out around the same time, the United State's Supreme Court's ruling in Peugh v. United States, 12-62, will likely have a far broader immediate impact on criminal cases in federal courts. The Court ruled that the Constitution's Ex Post Facto Clause is violated when a defendant is sentenced under a later and more harsh sentencing guideline, even though the federal sentencing guidelines are not mandatory.
This is not the first story of a chemist just making up results for a state drug lab.
Brendan Shiller will be talking with George Blaise tomorrow morning at 6:30 am on the 26 N. Halsted show. Be sure to click over to WCIU channel 26 to hear him discuss current legal events ranging from stop-and-frisk, medical marijuana laws and NSA whistleblowers. Don't miss out!
Check out this Daily Law Bulletin article, where a defendant got his conviction overturned because his sentence was too low!!!
The governor signed a bill allowing you to go 70 miles per hour on some highways...but it's not all that clear what parts (if any) of Chicagoland that new speed limit applies to. So, be careful while this works itself out.
Illinois signed into law the so-called gun show loophole that the federal government won't. This means if you lose a gun or have one stolen, you need to report it and if you sell it, it has to be to someone who is allowed to buy it.
While the summer has granted us success, there has to be a day of leisure from the hard work. So, we decided to spend the day with the staff and interns of Shiller*Preyar, while DA CUBS were in action. It is always necessary to enjoy memorable moments with familiar faces.
In November 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials raided the Chicago Pallet Company in Elk Grove Village, near northwest Chicago. Despite ICE officials’ claims that the raid was part of an investigation into money laundering by company officials, they entered the company warehouse and arrested 34 workers who did not hold executive positions, including some who did not speak any English. All 34 were entered into deportation proceedings.
Members and officials from churches and immigrant rights organizations, including Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission and Centro Sin Fronteras (now called La Familia Latina Unida/Sin Fronteras) organized a rally after the arrest to release the 34 members of the raid from immigration detention and prevent their immediate deportation. Almost half of those arrested are fathers or grandfathers with families in the U.S. which would be destroyed if they were deported. On one hand, it was a relief when immigration detention bond was a...
Brendan Shiller speaks on sentencing guidelines. Defendants may be subjected to harsher sentencing based on newer laws. Is this an appropriate way for the justice system to function? Will this achieve uniformity throughout federal sentencing?