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Building Community Trust in Police

Building Community Trust in Police

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.
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The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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.
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Seventh Circuit: Prior Police Misconduct Almost Always Relevant In 1983 Conspiracy To Commit Brady Violation Claims

Seventh Circuit: Prior Police Misconduct Almost Always Relevant In 1983 Conspiracy To Commit Brady Violation Claims

(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.
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US Supreme Court's Sentence Guideline Ruling May Be Most Impactful Criminal Ruling of the Summer

US Supreme Court's Sentence Guideline Ruling May Be Most Impactful Criminal Ruling of the Summer

(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.
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Tune In!

Tune In!

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!
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