The Power Behind the Robe: A Primer on Contempt LawBy Timothy L. Bertschy and Nathaniel E. StricklerMay 2009Article, Page 246The power of contempt is a confusing mix of civil and criminal law concepts overlaid with constitutional implications. Here's a review.
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.
A Judge’s JudgeBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008Article, Page 448In Thomas Fitzgerald, the Illinois Supreme Court has a seasoned trial judge at the helm. Here’s an interview with the new chief.
Felzak and Ligon: an answer to judicial overactivism?By Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008Lawpulse, Page 174What if a judge surprises you by entering an order on a substantive matter at what was supposed to be a mere status hearing? Some lawyers apprise the court of two appellate cases.
Problem-Solving CourtsBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008Article, Page 184Supporters of drug, mental-health, and other specialty courts say they reduce recidivism and help offenders get control of their lives.