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The Felony Process in Illinois

by David J. Shestokas, Attorney at Law

Since 1994 when I became an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, I have been involved with persons charged by the State with violating the law. The system is at once complex and simple. It is complex when it is only looked at in bits and pieces. It is simple when there is an overview that provides how each part of the process works with the other. This article is intended as an overview, so that an individual charged with a crime.....

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“Suppression of Evidence”

by Kirk Tarman, Criminal Defense Attorney, San Bernardino County CA

This article is designed to give a layperson a superficial understanding of a motion to suppress.
 
Basically when an attorney says that he is going to attempt to suppress evidence in a criminal case, he is stating that he wants to keep some of the evidence from being used against the defendant.
 
The statutory basis for suppressing evidence in California is Penal Code §1538.5 which states in part:
 
(a)(1) A defendant may move for....

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Wednesday Morning Miscellany: February 13, 2013

Is Veganism a Religion? In Ohio, a vegan hospital employee fired for refusing to take a mandated flu shot is suing on religious grounds (because the vaccination contains animal by-product), claiming that her veganism qualifies as a religious belief. Will 3-D Printers Make Gun Control Moot? Is Bidding On an

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Thursday Morning Miscellany: Stealing Stolen iPhones, Why We Need Assault Rifles, Life After Prison, and Lego Guns in Kindergarten

I want to report my iPhone being stolen.” Well, not technically his iPhone, more like an iPhone he’d just stolen. And after that is where the story gets really strange. This article contains not only a pretty funny ”stupid criminals” story, but also a look at the epidemic of iPhone

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Q&A With Steve Thomas: May 9, 2000

Steve Thomas, one of the lead detectives in the JonBenet Ramsey case before resigning in 1998 (and author of JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation), joined us for a Q&A session on May 9, 2000. Mr. Thomas made headlines in the summer of 1998 when he resigned from his job,

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Bellagio robbery suspect is convict from Kansas

This photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Jesse Jones. Jones was booked Sunday July 27, 2014, into the Clark County jail after being arrested by police at a Las Vegas resort on Saturday night. He's accused of robbing a teller at gunpoint Friday night and making off with tens of thousands of dollars. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino was identified late Tuesday as a Kansas man with a criminal record who allegedly celebrated after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip.


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5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

'Pink Slime' Returns as Beef Prices SpikeSeveral food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.


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Former Virginia governor's marriage in spotlight at corruption trial

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondFormer Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial. Federal prosecutors described Robert and Maureen McDonnell as conspiring to take gifts from Jonnie Williams, the chief executive of Star Scientific Inc, in exchange for promoting his products. "At the time of this supposed conspiracy, the McDonnells' marriage had broken down and they were barely on speaking terms," defense attorney William Burck said.


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Food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed as part of a company's $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network's coverage of a meat product derided as "pink slime."
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Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Northern California man who refused treatment and disappeared after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis has been arrested and admitted to a local hospital under guard, law enforcement and local health officials said on Tuesday. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was ordered to remain isolated in a hotel room in Stockton, some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento, and take medication for tuberculosis in March after he was determined to have the infectious lung disease, San Joaquin County Public Health Services spokeswoman Krista Dommer said. After Cruz violated those orders by leaving the hotel, authorities concerned about spread of the contagious disease issued a public health safety warrant for his arrest, Dommer said. Cruz was taken into custody on Monday night during a traffic stop in the community of Lamont, California, about 15 miles north of Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.
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The California Death Penalty From the Defense Viewpoint
Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Ray Hrdlicka

Wally Farrell, Criminal Defense Attorney in San Bernardino and Riverside County CA, now deceased, was interviewed by Crime, Justice & America about his viewpoint as a Criminal Defense Attorney and the California Death Penalty. How does an attorney deal with those issues? Ethically and morally, how did he do his …

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Suppression, Dismissal, and Discovery Motions
Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Ray Hrdlicka

Motions are one of the most important aspects of a criminal case before getting to trial. Kirk Tarman, criminal defense attorney in San Bernardino County CA, discusses suppression motions based upon the 4th Amendment, dismissal motions, discovery motions, and more… for a glimpse into the preparation of a criminal case. …

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Can You Get Arrested When Protecting Yourself?
Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Ray Hrdlicka

Spencer Freeman, a criminal defense attorney in Tacoma and Seattle Washington, discusses a recent case with Crime, Justice & America where the defendant was charged with brandishing a weapon, obstruction of justice, and more while ostensibly protecting himself on his front porch. A potential important 2nd Amendment case that could …

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Teacher Fired For Calling Her Students ”Future Criminals” on Facebook
Posted on February 8th, 2013 by Bill Bickel

Jennifer O’Brien, a New Jersey first grade teacher, has been fired for writing on her Facebook page “I’m not a teacher — I’m a warden for future criminals,” and that her students should take part in a “scared straight” program. She’d intended the posts to be read only by her Facebook “friends” of course, but.....

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How Many Gun-Related Deaths Has the United States Seen in the Eight Weeks Following the Newtown, Connecticut Shootings?
Posted on February 13th, 2013 by Bill Bickel
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You Be the Judge: The Case of the Glass Eye
Posted on February 14th, 2013 by Bill Bickel

A man is on trial for puncturing another man’s eye with a key during a fight outside a Philadelphia bar. The victim is on the stand, testifying, when his prosthetic eye suddenly pops out and falls into his hand.....

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