People v. Baldwin, 2014 IL App (1st) 121725 (August).
Prior bad acts admissible even if not guilty. In Illinois sex cases, other crimes evidence is likely to be admitted in a criminal trial. [Read more…]
As far as Illinois evidence is concerned, there are two heavily litigated issues occurring throughout Illinois criminal courts. With confessions the big question is whether or not the police coerced the confession. Errors with other crimes evidence continues to be a huge source for findings of ineffective assistance of counsel. If you are an Illinois criminal litigator you have to also hunt down the spattering of cases dealing with eyewitness identification, expert witness, prior inconsistent statements and much much more.
I've put together a summary of every Illinois Evidence case within the last two years. The cases include a one-line summary. You'll have a quick idea if the case is useful to you or not. If it looks interesting, you can click through to the actual case. Download this Recent Evidence Case List now.
Below you'll find all my most recent Evidence podcasts and articles...
Ineffective assistance of counsel from cross examination results after defense attorney asks one little question. This was a classic example of asking one too many questions. Should have sat down before damage was done. [Read more…]
A subtle error with prior consistent statement leads to a finding of ineffective assistance of counsel and a reversal in a murder case
Impeachment of a witness went a tad too far. [Read more…]
Other crimes evidence is admissible to show consciousness of guilt.
Putting a kid’s hand in a vice, threatening to cut off his hand with a chainsaw, and threatening to kill him if he tells anyone sounds relevant. Why Else Put a Kid’s Hand in a Vice and Threatening to Kill Him?
The expert witness defined by Marisa Tomei is credible. Remember that scene from My Cousin Vinny where Attorney Frank Gambini (Joe Pesci) calls his finace, Mona Lisa Vito, to the witness stand to testify in the murder trial of his cousin? [Read more…]