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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Appeals Court Frees Felon for Unlawful Chicago Cop Stop

A majority of judges in the state’s First District Appellate Court relied in part on a federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s well-earned reputation for aggressive tactics to reverse the arrest and subsequent conviction of a two-time loser sent to prison on a 2011 felony weapons charge. The majority also cited case law from… Read More »