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.
Codifying Illinois’s rules of evidenceBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2010LawPulse, Page 230A supreme court committee's proposed organizational scheme, fashioned after the Federal Rules of Evidence, would pull together Illinois' widely scattered evidence rules.
The Discovery Deposition and Disfavored EvidenceBy Joanne Hannaway Sweeney and Benjamin J. WimmerNovember 2009Article, Page 576A recent amendment to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules obscures the purpose of the discovery deposition and the range of its uses
Strict Liability for Sexual Harassment by SupervisorsBy Cynthia Hyndman, Robert Margolis, and Aleeza StrubelSeptember 2009Article, Page 454The Illinois Supreme Court's Sangamon County Sheriff's Department decision subjects employers to strict liability for sexual harassment by their supervisors. So, who is a supervisor?
Evidence is insufficient to prove negligence if the conclusion is merely possibleJune 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284On April 1, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Will County which granted summary judgment for the defendants after concluding that no genuine issue of material fact existed to establish negligence on the part of the defendants.
Making evidence meaningfulBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009LawPulse, Page 278A veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.
Sexual harassment and the chain of commandBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009LawPulse, Page 278Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.
Victory for defendants in asbestos caseBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009LawPulse, Page 278The Illinois Supreme Court allows defendants in asbestos cases to introduce evidence that someone else's negligence was the sole proximate cause of a plaintiff's injuries.
Proving Proximate Cause in Malpractice casesBy Terrence J. Lavin and Kristina M. LauMay 2009Article, Page 254Illinois courts are still struggling to determine the plaintiff's proper burden of proving proximate cause in "lost chance" cases.
“Rape Shield” for Civil LawsuitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009LawPulse, Page 220An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
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.
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.
Subpoena for medical recordsJanuary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 31, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Logan County denying the state's request for a subpoena duces tecum, seeking release of a defendant's medical records for the day the defendant was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
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.