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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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News
Two arrested in death of Saudi student in California: report

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi is pictured in this undated handout photo(Reuters) - Two people have been arrested in the death of a college student from Saudi Arabia whose remains were found alongside a freeway in a Southern California desert city, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda on Sept. 17. Authorities discovered his body in Palm Desert, roughly 125 miles (200 km) to the southeast, on Thursday. His body was identified on Friday. Police declined to release details on the arrests and are planning a news conference on Monday, the newspaper reported. ...


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Woman trapped in chimney rescued then arrested

Woman trapped in chimney rescued then arrestedA woman rescued from a chimney at a California home was allegedly trying to break into the home of a man she had met online.


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Man arrested in Indiana killing leads police to three more bodies
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A man arrested in connection with the strangulation death of a woman at an Indiana motel directed police to locations where the bodies of three other women were found, authorities said on Sunday. Police on Saturday arrested the 43-year-old man in Gary, Indiana, as a person of interest after finding a woman on Friday night dead in a room at a Motel 6 in nearby Hammond, said Lt. Richard Hoyda of the Hammond Police Department in an emailed statement. They did not identify the man. ...
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Super drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar
PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.
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Death penalty fuels violence in Iraq, says U.N. report

Iraq's newly elected president Fouad Masoum meets with Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, in BaghdadBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Iraq should stop its widespread use of the death penalty, which is unjust, flawed and only fuels the violence it purports to deter, the United Nations said in a report on Sunday. Sixty people were hanged in Iraq by the end of August this year, and although that is fewer than the 177 who were executed in 2013, 1,724 people remained on death row. Iraq tends to carry out the sentence in batches because President Jalal Talabani opposes the death penalty so a vice president orders executions when he is out of the country, said the report, published jointly by the ...


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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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