Juvenile court sentencing in Illinois has just received a more level playing field. Episode 022 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast mentions how not to long ago, an accused minor in juvenile court could only receive court supervision if the prosecution “Ok'd” it. A judge could not give that sentence if the State objected to it. The prosecution had a unilateral veto.
In Podcast Episode 021 of the Criminal Nuggets podcast, a police interrogation in murder case is not recorded. So what happens in Illinois when the video recorder breaks down and the interrogation is not recorded? [Read more…]
What is reasonable doubt? In Podcast Episode 020 of the Criminal Nuggets Podcast, Evan Bruno lays out great insight gained from serving as a jury foreman. Reasonable doubt is finally demystified. Evan is an attorney who blogs about the law at EvanBruno.com and is a regular contributor to the Chicago Daily Law Bullitin. [Read more…]
In trying to defeat ineffective assistance of counsel claim, am I teaching attorneys how to get away with being ineffective? Of course not. It is in a defendant’s best interest that all the parties involved know and apply and the law if and when that defendant is going to raise a claim of ineffectiveness. On the other hand, knowing the law also prevents a meritless claim from unnecessarily advancing. [Read more…]
Defeat ineffective assistance of counsel claim from the get-go. In Podcast Episode 018, I discuss how to prevent a claim of ineffective assistance from blowing up into something much bigger than it actually is. [Read more…]
No contempt of court this time for dropping the F-Bomb. Besides breaking and violating every procedural safeguard known to man, this conviction for contempt of court cannot be supported by the facts. Even if everything the tattle tale said were true, what she said and the circumstances around how she said it did not make it contempt of court. [Read more…]