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Author Archives: ChicagolandLawFirm

Supreme Court STOPs Sentence in Gangland Gun Appeal

A convicted killer will see a reduction in jail time after the state Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors must do more than simply identify street gangs by name when drawing associations at trial. In a split decision, justices ruled in favor of a claim by an admitted member of the Latin Kings that the state… Read More »

Cops Must Show Cause For Surveillance Secrets

So say a panel of appellate court judges after ordering a new trial for a man deemed a habitual offender who claimed he was denied his Sixth Amendment rights after cops arrested him on gun charges at a North Lawndale liquor store. Brandon Barber invoked the Confrontation Clause in appealing the 2013 conviction, which resulted from… Read More »

Cannabis Conflicts Among Targets of Proposed Ethics Panel

A state representative is proposing a policymaking body that would aim at ending corrupt practices in the legislature that she contends range from campaign finance to the state’s emerging cannabis industry. Rep. Tony McCombie’s call for the creation a State Ethics Task Force follows in the wake of FBI raids on the home and offices of the… Read More »

Cook County Suit Stops Feds on Immigration

Claims that taxpayers will be left out of pocket from changes to immigration practices sought by the Trump Administration are enough to block their enforcement, according to a Northern Distrct Court decision that adds to the judicial dissent nationwide over so-called ‘public charge’ rules. Set to go into effect this month, the changes grant federal authorities… Read More »

On-the-Job Impairment an Issue as Legal Cannabis Looms

With recreational use of leaf, concentrates and edibles permitted in Illinois from January 1st, companies are being urged to take a proactive stance as they work out how best to accommodate legal weed. The topics they must concern themselves with range from hiring to termination and how to treat cannabis use in the codes of… Read More »

Can CBD Testing Cultivate Consumer Confidence?

A North Shore lawmaker thinks so and is pushing to establish a regime for pot products destined to be sold at specialist shops and drugstores when the state legalizes recreational marijuana next year. Introduced earlier this month, the CBD Safety Act sponsored by Rep. Bob Morgan would ensure that products containing cannabidiols meet guidelines to be set by… Read More »

Chicago Prosecutor Pushing Back on Investigative Alerts

A push back on appeals court judges in the First District by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx could push the issue of investigate alerts to the Illinois Supreme Court. This after opinions on a petition to rehear a case decided earlier this year reflected the split among the same three-member over the Constitutionality of… Read More »

Is it Time to Stop to Red Light Cameras?

State lawmakers say it is after a raid by federal agents on the Springfield offices of one of their own. Senate Transportation Committee Chair Martin Sandoval, who has worked to push through legislation that would boost the uptake of cameras that record traffic flows, is the target of the FBI probe. He has accepted financial contributions from… Read More »

Dealer Rolls Dice and Comes Up with Life

A convicted felon who declined to take the advice of both his lawyer and the bench will serve a life sentence after the appeal of his 2018 drug rap fell short with judges in federal court. They ruled downstate dealer Dennis Jackson failed to prove his claim that the state’s decision not to produce the… Read More »

Truck Driver S.O.L. After Losing C.D.L. to Bogus Cop Claim

So says a judge in federal court, who ruled that the state had no choice but to revoke Tyrone Bell’s commercial driver’s licence after he was found asleep at the wheel of a car parked in the village of Summit on Chicago’s West Side. This despite Bell’s contention that village cops fabricated the report that… Read More »