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Author Archives: ChicagolandLawFirm

Suit Aims at Arsenal of Cop Cleared in Southside Shooting

A lawsuit filed against Chicago cops exonerated in the 2016 killing of a funeral-goer on a Mount Greenwood street will hinge in part on the cache of weapons that the off-duty officer at the center of the shooting kept in violation of department policy. Attorneys for the girlfriend of Joshua Beal say that the weapon… Read More »

Terry Appeal Shot Down on Burden of Proof

A suspected gang banger’s conviction on weapons charges stands after judges in the First District Appellate Court ruled that he failed to prove Chicago cops violated his Fourth Amendment rights during a 2016 arrest. Giovanni Salgado claimed that by going for the gun he had hidden beneath his shirt, Sgt. Ricky Rivera executed an unlawful… Read More »

Grammar Takes Precedence in Immigration Classification

A foreign national who contends she was abused by her American husband can pursue citizenship after a federal judge in Chicago ruled that the fact the couple did not live together after they were married is not enough to deny a claim of priority status. Citing the rules of English grammar alongside case law, US… Read More »

Cop Sentence Sought in Batavia Break-In

A public defender in Kane County seeking leniency for his client wants a judge there to apply the same sentencing guidelines used for the Chicago cop convicted in the high-profile killing of teenager Laquan McDonald five years ago. Nicholas Feda requested that Christopher Turecek be sentenced on the lesser of the convictions he received in… Read More »

Counsel’s Failure Wins Convict New Trial

A Streamwood felon will get a new trial after appellate judges in the First District ruled that he’d been poorly represented and wrongly sentenced when tried in connection with a parole violation in 2014. James Utley claimed ownership of the drugs and guns found in his wife’s home when cops and parole officers went there… Read More »

Proximate Cause Escapes Lake County Trial

So, too, the teens that were with a 14-year-old who lost his life when a bullet fired by a homeowner in Old Mill Creek struck him in an August burglary attempt. This after Michael Nerheim, the State’s Attorney in Lake County, said he won’t seek murder charges against the five who were with Jaquan Swopes… Read More »

Are Lost Wages Taxable?

Judges from the First District Appellate Court say they apply to a South Side railroad worker’s compensation after he was injured on the job. Rafael Munoz sued the Norfolk Southern Railway for negligence when he was hurt at the Calumet Yard, with a jury last year awarding the freight conductor more than $800,000 under the… Read More »

Appellate Court Affirms Bright Line on Jury Trials

A convicted drug dealer will get a new trial thanks to appellate judges in the First District, who agreed the man had the right to face the bench even as preparations were well underway for a date with a jury. A three-member panel reversed a Cook County judge’s decision to let the jury that subsequently… Read More »

Hearsay Keeps Gangland Killer Behind Bars

The hearsay of fellow gang bangers is enough to keep a convicted killer behind bars, according to a majority of First District Appellate Court judges, who upheld a 2010 jury verdict that hinged on their testimony. While no member of the Two-Six street gang saw Dennis Jaimes fire at two members of a rival gang,… Read More »

Battle Fatigue No Cover for Road Rage Shooter

A combat veteran who claimed that post-traumatic stress disorder led him to fire on a vehicle in an act of self-defense got no sympathy from the First District Court of Appeals, which ruled his 2012 conviction for aggravated discharge of a firearm at a Calumet City stoplight should stand. A Cook County judge took Wendell… Read More »