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Author Archives: ChicagolandLawFirm

Judge Tosses Evidence Obtained in CPD Terry Stop

A suspected drug trafficker will walk thanks to a ruling federal court that Chicago cops violated his Fourth Amendment rights during a 2017 stop-and-frisk operation. Terrence Hammonds spent two years awaiting trial after allegedly spitting out a bag of heroin as he was approached by police, who made the so-called Terry stop based on his brother’s… Read More »

Judicial Misstep Wins Convict New Trial

A former attorney convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme will receive a new trial after an appellate court ruled that his request for a different Will County judge should have been granted. According to the panel in the Third District, Daniel Rozlak of the 13th Circuit abused his discretion by failing to step aside after Robert… Read More »

Chicago Cops Get Guidance on Clearing More Murders

Looking to lift its lamentably low rate of solved homicides, the Chicago Police Department will take up recommendations from a Washington, D.C., consultancy that call for adding detectives and updating the department’s outdated methods. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, the CPD stands to solve more murders if it creates a dedicated homicide bureau, improves… Read More »

Should Felons Be Permitted to Own Guns?

Appellate judges in the First District believe so, provided they’ve cleaned up their acts and can demonstrate the need. Nevertheless, they say a conflicting conflagration of state and federal laws makes it impossible for them to override denials issued by the Illinois State Police. As such, a Chicago man whose application for a Firearm Owner’s… Read More »

CPD Changes to Stop-and-Frisk Fail to Come Up With the Goods

Despite significant declines in number, the majority of stop-and-frisk operations conducted by Chicago cops still disproportionately target minority groups. This according a report by the American Civil Liberties Union that details the impact of reforms to the investigatory stops that the Chicago Police Department uses to combat street crime. Incorporating a package of procedural, training… Read More »

Judicial Mails and Missteps Invite Federal Resentencing

A judge’s correspondence with former colleagues outside of his federal courtroom is enough to undermine more than just the jail term handed an admitted drug dealer, according to a panel of his peers in the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Judges in Chicago ruled that the gangland leader should be resentenced for a… Read More »

HIPPA Appeal Sets DUI Precedent in 7th Circuit

By denying an Indiana man’s claims that doctors and cops violated his right to privacy when they shared results of a hospital blood test, appellate judges in the US 7th Circuit drew a bright line for the treatment of patient information in drunk-driving arrests. Tyquan Stewart landed in Fort Wayne’s Parkview Hospital after wrecking his… Read More »

Federal Court Bound by State on Immigration Appeal

Immigration rules take precedence over religious freedom, according to justices in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, who upheld a lower court decision that banned an African divinity student from entry into the US. Ernest Odei was deemed by immigration officials to be holding an improper visa when he arrived from Ghana in 2017. He… Read More »

Overtime Pay a Non-Starter at Non-Profit

So says a US District Court judge, who ruled that a senior center maintenance worker had no claim for higher wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Paul Kim said he received straight pay despite routinely working in excess of 40 hours at the Center for Seniors, which provides free meals, transportation and activities at… Read More »

Loose Lips Lead to Long Stretch

A cop’s verbal challenge can’t be classed as a Constitutional rights violation, even if the response leads to an arrest. This according to judges in federal court, who upheld a Chicago man’s conviction on weapons charges that resulted from a hurried encounter with police in a South Side parking lot. Thanks to priors, David Holly’s… Read More »