People v. Abdur-Rahim, 2014 IL App (3d) 130558 (August). Episode 015 (Duration 10:08). 7 year drug conviction reversed, even though the officer said he smelled marijuana. [Read more…]
Criminal Nuggets Podcast
This is a FREE podcast covering the Illinois criminal law. Each episode is a mini-lesson on the law.
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A knock and talk is a police tactic. The goal is to conduct a warrantless search of a home by walking up to the residence, engaging in conversation with the resident, ending in consent for the police to enter and search. For an example of how not to conduct a knock and talk, listen to Podcast Episode 014 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast. [Read more…]
Plea bargaining a drug case with a defendant with a prior drug conviction can feel like a boxing match with one of the fighter’s arms tied behind his back. In my little analogy, guess which side has their arms tied down? In podcast episode 012 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast, I discuss a recent case which can drastically change the dynamics of plea bargaining a drug case in Illinois.
The reasonable doubt definition is the most common thing that a jury wants to know. The criminal court system in Illinois officially does not have a definition to give them. In podcast Episode 010 of The Criminal Nuggets Podcast, I discuss how courts are answering this question for the jury. [Read more…]
People v. Falco, 2014 IL App (1st) 111797 (August). Episode 009 (Duration 7:37)
Ineffective assistance of counsel during jury instructions creates caution for most defense attorneys. This case, is no exception. Errors with jury instructions for the charge of possession of defaced firearm got everyone in trouble. Listen Podcast to Episode 009, to discover what happened in this case. [Read more…]