New proposal to protect children who testify; S.B. 0027March 2001Illinois Law Update, Page 116Under current Illinois law, courts may permit children under 18 who are witnesses in certain criminal prosecutions like sexual assault, predatory sexual assault of a child, and sexual abuse to testify via closed-circuit television outside the courtroom if the judge determines that in-court testimony would result in the child suffering serious emotional distress.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathJanuary 2001Column, Page 10Standard of review for fee suits; U.S. Supremes just say no to drug-sniffing dogs at checkpoints; employee claims rejected by 7CA; and more.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathDecember 2000Column, Page 686Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
Sound amplification statute found unconstitutionalJanuary 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 16On November 18, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court s finding that the sound amplification statute, known as section 12-611 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/12-611 (West 1999)), is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.
Judges, the Gift Ban Act, and the ConstitutionBy Timothy L. BertschyFebruary 1999Column, Page 68One of the more celebrated accomplishments of the Illinois General Assembly in 1998 was passage of ethics legislation imposing limits on gifts and contributions to state office holders and candidates for those offices.