Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act enacted. PA 095-0995March 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122Illinois lawmakers enacted the Commission to Study Disproportionate Justice Impact Act to assess the “nature and extent of the harm caused to minority communities” by certain provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/ et seq), Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/ set seq), Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550/ et seq) and other listed laws.
Court’s failure to grant continuance plain errorBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116The high court rules that a judge’s failure to grant defense counsel’s request for a continuance in a murder trial was plain error requiring a new trial.
Admission of prior juvenile adjudications allowed toFebruary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 70On December 2, 2008, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, which affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Peoria County to allow the state to impeach a defendant with certified copies of his prior juvenile adjudications.
Defending politicians, getting paidBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2009Lawpulse, Page 64How do lawyers in the Land of Lincoln (and Ryan and Blagojevich) make sure they get paid when defending politicians charged with corruption?
New hearsay exception added for the intentional murder of a witness. PA 095-1004February 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 70The Illinois General Assembly amended the Code of Criminal Procedure by adding section 115-10.6, which creates a new hearsay exception when evidence is offered against a party that has killed the declarant "intending to procure the unavailability of the declarant as a witness in a criminal or civil proceeding." 725 ILCS 5/115-10.6.
Dismissal for double jeopardy was improperJanuary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 24, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Kankakee County granting the defendant's motion to dismiss on grounds of double jeopardy.
Court upholds per se conflict doctrineBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2008Lawpulse, Page 606 A conflict exists whenever an attorney represents both a criminal defendant and the alleged victim, the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
DUI Law: The BAIID Era BeginsBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2008Article, Page 616Goodbye JDP, hello "monitoring device driving permit." Here's a look at the sweeping new DUI law that takes effect January 1.
Aggravated driving under the influence is a Class 2 felonyNovember 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554On September 8, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Lake County finding the defendant guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, and sentencing the defendant to three years in prison.
HGN tests meet the Frye standardBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2008Lawpulse, Page 548So rules the Tenth Circuit court in the first-ever Illinois Frye hearing on the admissibility of HGN tests as an indicator of drunk driving - assuming various requirements are met.
Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act amended. PA 095-0905November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554Illinois lawmakers amended the Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act by prohibiting the sale of "loose" cigarettes "not contained within a sealed container" to minors, and making it a crime for minors to use false identification to obtain cigarettes and other tobacco products. 720 ILCS 675/1.
Unlawful Use of Encryption offense created. PA 095-0942November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The Criminal Code of 1961 has been amended by adding section 16D-5.5 "[u]nlawful use of encryption," which prohibits the use of encryption to commit or assist in committing a criminal offense. 720 ILCS 5/16D-5.5.
Criminal Code of 1961 amended. PA 095-0849October 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 504Effective January 1, 2009, the Criminal Code of 1961 is revised by adding a Cyber-bullying Law which provides penalties for harassment through electronic communication mediums. 720 ILCS 5/12-7.5.
Polygraph Exams in Sex-Offense CasesBy Kerry J. BrysonOctober 2008Article, Page 528Despite doubts about their reliability, polygraph exams are required in sex-offense cases. This article discusses the law.
Search of probationer’s computer deemed permissibleOctober 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 504On August 12, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for further proceedings the judgment of the Circuit Court of Kane County granting the defendant's motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence found pursuant to a search of the defendant's home by probation officers.
Traffic stop impermissibly prolongedSeptember 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 444On June 26, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Henry County denying Bernstein's motion to suppress and sentencing him to 48 months probation for unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
Traffic stop and subsequent Terry search valid when based on non-anonymous tipJuly 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 340On April 15, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of McDonough County granting the defendants' motions to suppress two bags containing approximately 28 or 29 boxes of pseudoephedrine collected during a search of the defendant's motor vehicle after a traffic stop for improper lane usage.
DUI changes effective June 1By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2008Lawpulse, Page 278Thanks to a law signed last year, a crazy quilt of DUI laws taking effect June 1 isn't so crazy. But ambiguities remain.
No error in allowing evidence of past convictionsJune 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284On April 3, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the judgment of the circuit court allowing the prosecution to present evidence of the defendant's prior convictions for aggravated battery and aggravated assault.