Averett a win for prosecutorsBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2010LawPulse, Page 286The Illinois high court rules that it isn't reversible error for a trial court to defer ruling on motions in limine to exclude prior convictions unless defendants testify - and that's bad news for defendants who choose not to testify.
Conduct that qualifies as insulting or provoking contact definedMarch 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 128On December 23, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Du Page County, which convicted the defendant of battery for insulting or provoking the complainant by touching her with his knees in a dispute in an office smoking lounge.
Civil penalties heightened for destroying crops. PA 096-0529February 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 72Illinois lawmakers in recent months beefed up the civil penalties for destroying a farmer's crops. Under amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961, any person who knowingly damages another's crops is liable to the crop owner for money damages "up to twice the market value of the crops damaged or destroyed." 720 ILCS 5/21-1.
“Conversation” for the Eavesdropping Act includes teachingFebruary 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 72On December 8, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Stephenson County, finding that the defendant's proposed policy of operating audio-recording equipment in special-education classrooms violated section 14-2(a)(1) of the Illinois Criminal Code (hereinafter the Illinois Eavesdropping Act or Act).
Federal standard timeBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2010LawPulse, Page 66New laws standardize the way time periods are calculated in federal court.
A Freer Hand for Police at Illinois Traffic StopsBy Rob ShumakerDecember 2009Article, Page 624In response to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court issued decisions that give police more freedom to search and question vehicle occupants at traffic stops.
Stalking laws amended. PA 096-0686December 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 604The Illinois General Assembly made numerous changes to the Criminal Code of 1961, including amendments to statutes on criminal stalking, aggravated stalking, and cyberstalking. 720 ILCS 5/12-7.3-7.5.
New Law Clarifies Illinois’ Sentencing StatutesBy John J. Cullerton, Peter G. Baroni, Daniel S. Mayerfield, Ryan J. Rohlfsen, and Paul H. TzurSeptember 2009Article, Page 466A newly enacted reorganization of the Unified Code of Corrections helps bring sentencing up to date in Illinois.