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Newsletter articles from 2009

Case Notes By John J. Rekowski, Debra A. Seaton, and Jameika Mangum December 2009 Recent criminal law cases.
Case summaries By Robert B. Anderson, Steve Baker, Kevin P. Nolan, Marc D. Wolfe, and Jacqueline M. Aldrich October 2009 Recent cases of interest to criminal law attorneys.
Case summaries By Lori G. Levin, Steve Baker, David B. Franks, Hon. Michael P. McCuskey, Sandra Blake, George G. Leynaud, and Judith Lozier May 2009 Recent cases of interest to criminal law attorneys.
Case summaries By George D. Lenard, Hon. Daniel M. Locallo, John J. O’Gara Jr., and Ron Lewis April 2009 Recent cases of interest to criminal law attorneys.
Case summaries By Hon. Richard D. Russo, Hon. Daniel B. Shanes, Steve Baker, and Richard S. Gutoff January 2009 Recent cases of interest to criminal law attorneys.
Editor’s note By Hon. Gregory Paul Vazquez December 2009 An introduction to the issue.
Legislation—Passed Bills, Part II By Steve Baker January 2009 Recent legislation of interest to criminal law attorneys.
SCRAM: A sentencing option in alcohol-related offenses By Hon. Gregory Paul Vazquez October 2009 Attorneys and judges have been seeking optimal sentencing alternatives in cases where alcohol has either played a part in the offense or is a factor that needs to be addressed during the defendant’s sentencing hearing. A relatively recent option is the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring system, commonly referred to as SCRAM.
SENATE BILLS—Criminal, Juvenile & Traffic By Steve Baker December 2009 Illinois Senate bills of interest to criminal law practitioners.
Substance abuse—A perspective for use in plea bargaining By Ralph E. Guderian October 2009 In Illinois, if the defendant’s intoxicated or drugged condition was voluntarily produced, it cannot be raised as an affirmative defense during trial to avoid criminal responsibility for his or her conduct. However, during plea bargaining, 402 conferences, sentencing and the like, the defendant’s conduct can be considered as being the result of such use, abuse or dependence.
Truth-In-Sentencing Guide By Steve Baker April 2009 730 ILCS 5/3-6-3(a)(2)