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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Do Convictions Require More Than Confessions?

They do in the 1st District Appellate Court, where a three-member panel of judges cited witness testimony and physical evidence as the reason for keeping a Chicago man behind bars for weapons offenses. Cops said Anthony Jones admitted owning the gun he’d tossed as they approached him in response to reports of a man matching… Read More »

No-Cash Bond Rules Need Clarification

So say judges in the 1st District Appellate Court, who ruled that procedural filings and judicial hearings still must take place when prosecutors seek to deny bail in light of changes made two years ago in Cook County to reduce bond for petty offenses. They used the case of a Chicago Public Schools teacher who… Read More »

Probable Cause Keys Reversal of Gun Rap

A Chicago man saw his conviction on a weapons charge vacated after an appeals panel agreed that cops had no reason to search his car or take him into custody. Judges in the 1st District Appellate Court said that simply seeing a gun in a car isn’t enough to merit seizure absent mitigating circumstances. James… Read More »

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… Read More »

Biggers Factors Key Credibility in Armed Robbery Appeal

A Chicago man will serve out his four-year sentence after an appellate panel ruled that federal case law supported his victim’s claim in a 2016 armed robbery. Justin Blankenship told a Cook County judge that he’d never encountered Dewantez Daniels until the day Daniels hassled him about stealing his smartphone. Daniels got a look at… Read More »

Expungment of Pot Convictions Begins in Cook County

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberley Foxx made good her promise to clear the court records of those convicted of marijuana offenses, filing motions in the first 1,000 of what officials say could be as many as 700,000 cases ahead of legalization of the drug for recreational use. Calling the effort the most equitable justice reform… Read More »

High Court Rules on Warrantless DUI Samples

Because cops had more than seven hours to obtain a warrant before they forcibly took samples of blood and urine from Ralph Eubanks, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that evidence used to convict him in a 2009 hit-and-run should have been supressed. This even as justices wrote that such searches are Constitutional when cops have probable… Read More »

RICO Sentence Sticks in Gangland Appeal

Judges in the 7th Circuit Appellate Court upheld the prison sentence given a gang leader in a conspiracy conviction despite the man’s claim that he wasn’t directly responsible for crimes committed on his watch. Ruben Porraz admitted in a plea agreement that his job as head of the 89th Street chapter of the Latin Kings… Read More »

Ballistics Support Appeal of Attempted Murder Charge

A Garfield Park man will be re-sentenced after an appellate panel ruled that the evidence used to win a conviction in 2011 for the attempted murder of a Chicago cop failed to prove his guilt. Judges in the 1st District cited bad ballistics and police testimony in remanding Donta Hudson’s case to the Cook County Circuit… Read More »

Appeals Court Upholds Return of Cash in Pot Bust

A Joliet man is getting the $940 he lost to city cops when they found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana thanks to a ruling in the 3rd District Appellate Court. Anthony Alexander was never criminally charged when police executed a 2017 arrest warrant and seized the cash along with 4.5 grams… Read More »