A Guide to the Confrontation ClauseBy Geoffrey BurkhartJune 2013Article, Page 304When does the Sixth Amendment require prosecutors to produce a live witness rather than an out-of-court statement against a defendant? Here's a look at the latest developments.
Clerk to furnish lists of moving violations involving taxi drivers. PA 097-1062December 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 632A new section of the Taxi Safety Act of 2007 now requires that, when vehicle citation records are not readily available for a particular taxi or registered taxi driver, the appropriate circuit-court clerk must provide a list of moving violations, if any, to a governmental unit upon request. 625 ILCS 55/15 new.
A trio of laws to curb texting, phoning behind the wheelBy Adam W. LaskerOctober 2012Lawpulse, Page 514The legislature forgoes a full ban on cell use by drivers in favor of a targeted approach that bans hand-held communications in construction zones, emergency scenes, and other places.
The Real Prisoner’s DilemmaBy Hon. Ron SpearsAugust 2012Column, Page 442Defendants have a Constitutional right to effective counsel during plea bargains.
Crime victims’ rights amendment won’t appear on November ballotBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286A proposed constitutional amendment that would have made crime victims party to the defendant’s trial undermined the constitutional presumption of innocence, the ISBA and other opponents, including prosecutors, argued.
Lying to police can be obstructionBy Adam W. LaskerApril 2012Lawpulse, Page 178Lying to a police officer can support a conviction for obstruction of justice if the lying directly hinders the officer's official performance, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
The lesson of George Ryan v U.S.By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434It's this, according to a criminal defense lawyer and court watcher: You shouldn't hesitate to argue alternative, even esoteric, bases for relief to create a record for appeal.