This is the November 2016 Illinois criminal case list podcast rundown. Episode 266 (Duration 25:29) features what has to be the craziest case for 2016.
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Top 10 Criminal Cases For November 2016
Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s included in the podcast and the November case list:
1. People v. Burgund
The supernatural power of “discernment” coerces a false confession. Can’t make this stuff up. There’s jealousy, sex, and a trip to the police station in this one. This has to be the craziest case ever. Oh yea, the legal issue deals with false confessions. Go to 1:04
2. People v. Staake
Defendant was originally charged with Second Degree Murder. Then the State amended to First Degree Murder. This sneaky little one-two punch is entirely legal. Find out why. Go to 2:53
3. People v. Bond
Right when you thought you knew everything about extraterritorial traffic stops (Cop from city A stops a car in City B) along comes this case. Go to 4:12
4. People v. Flournoy
Discovery rules say the defense is entitled to all material information about a case possessed by the prosecution. Wrong! Turns out the surveillance privilege allows the state to hide some pretty important information. The facts can be found here…Go to 5:45
5. People v. Doolan
NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER pick a fight with a man with an enlarged heart. This defendant and his buddies did not follow this advice, and it ended badly for them. Go to 8:25
6. People v. Teper
Have you heard of the “overdose immunity” defense that can be used to prevent a drug possession charge? Well, it may not matter because this second district case may have just gutted the thing. Go to 9:44
7. People v. Winchester
When extending your middle finger to an officer and saying “no policia” means lack of consent. When gripping the steering wheel tightly, leaning forward and extremely focused driving means nothing constitutionally significant. When staying in your car 5 minutes too long means…Go to 14:44
8. People v. Brantley
What exactly is the DUI rule when you are driving while taking prescription medication? Can they suspend your driver’s license for that? Go to 17:17
9. People v. Hunt
How to win a conviction with absolutely the worst state’s witness. She was so bad even the prosecution argued to the jury she was a liar. Go to 19:31
10. Special Bonus…Compare Hunt to People v. Casciaro
This case also featured a pretty bad state’s witness, but it was released in September of 2015. Why was this conviction reversed where as the Hunt conviction was allowed? What was the key missing ingredient? Go to 22:12