This is the September 2018 Illinois criminal case law audio round-up (the fast case law summary). Episode 545 (Duration 22:29)
The September 2018 Top Illinois Criminal Law Cases (The Monthly Round-Up)
Here’s a quick snapshot of the top cases:
Turns out we’ve been misreading the “proper turn” statute all along.
One hand to hand creates reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop.
Appellate court has no jurisdiction to waive a sex offender registration requirement.
Prepare for a PhD on criminal causation in this drug overdose case.
In obvious cases an officer need not be a drug detection expert to conclude a driver is under the influence of drugs.
Former prosecutor jumps to pd and then represents defendant in a post trial motion.
Defendant mouth’s off to a prosecutor but this was not threatening a public official.
55 year sentence is not a de facto life sentence.
Can defendant combine a sentence from an earlier crime with the sentence of a new crime to claim a de facto life sentence?
Defendant was given 6 consecutive years for refusing to testify against his brother.
Defendant takes an officer’s gun and shoots and kills him as he is ending his shift, was the officer still on duty acting as an officer?
This was a case where all the witnesses recanted their statements but defendant’s postconviction petition is denied.
Counsel was ineffective for stipulating to the weight of the drugs; watch out for not sufficiently homogenous amounts.
Trier of fact bias and what it means for criminal justice, trial judge gives his verdict before defense counsel had a chance to give its closing argument.
Defendant not allowed to admit his tattoo, in a really close case reversal is required.