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Brendan Shiller wrote a piece for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about the City's ongoing efforts to stem police misconduct cases and to encourage better relations between police and the communities they serve.
Following the Illinois Supreme Court's ruling last week, the States Attorney in Cook County is dismissing various aggravated unlawful use of weapon charges in the courts.
On Friday, September 20, the National Police Accountability Project will be having a fundraiser in Humboldt Park at Nellie's Puerto Rican Restaurant at 2458 West Division.
Chicagoist has posted a complete list of speeding cameras installed in school and park locations throughout Chicago.
(This column first ran in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in June, 2013)
In the summer of 1986 a couple was found stabbed to death in a bloody and heinous crime that climaxed with the bodies and their Paris, Illinois home being burned. The couple was Karen and Dyke Rhoads.
(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!