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Appeals Court Stays Conviction of Strip Mall Shooter

A man who wounded a cop when retaliating against a street gang must continue serving a long prison sentence after an appellate panel ruled that he was fairly tried in Cook County Circuit Court. Rashaun Carlisle claimed his attempted murder conviction was prejuduced because a jury didn’t get to hear from a ballistics expert that the shotgun he fired into a crowd outside a strip mall bar in Stone Park couldn’t be classed as a deadly weapon. Carlisle was on probation at the time and Associate Judge Carol Kipperman gave him 60 years for his actions in the 2010 incident.

Cops in plain clothes had responded to a report of trouble outside a reputed hangout of the Latin Kings when Carlisle opened fire from the middle of Mannheim Road. He left one officer permanently maimed and told the court he sought only to scare the gang members who had menaced him. Carlisle claimed Kipperman erred by not allowing a gunshop owner to testify on his behalf and also appealed the conviction on grounds of ineffective counsel. Judges in the 1st District Appellate Court were unmoved, citing case law in declaring that it was up to the jury that convicted him to determine Carlisle’s intent.