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Articles From Rob Shumaker

For Traffic Stops, Ignorance of the Law Can Be an Excuse

By Rob Shumaker
September
2015
Article
Page 38
Recent cases from the United States and Illinois Supreme Courts hold that an officer's objectively reasonable mistake of law can justify a traffic stop.

Citizen Tips and the Fourth Amendment

By Rob Shumaker
July
2014
Article
Page 336
More cases, including a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling, define whether a police investigatory stop based on a citizen tip is valid.

Six Common Criminal-Trial Errors and How to Avoid Them

By Rob Shumaker
April
2012
Article
Page 212
An appellate clerk points out six common errors that send criminal cases to the next level and suggests ways to avoid them.

The Supreme Court Lowers the Bar for Post-Conviction Petitions

By Stephanie Anders and Rob Shumaker
December
2011
Article
Page 624
Recent Illinois Supreme Court cases make it less likely that criminal defendants' petitions will be quickly dismissed as frivolous under the Illinois Post-Conviction Hearing Act.

Using Life Insurance to Secure a Maintenance Obligation

By Rob Shumaker
September
2010
Article
Page 466
What happens when a maintenance-paying spouse dies shortly after the judge signs the dissolution judgment? Is the maintenance recipient out of luck? That may depend on where the case arose.

A Freer Hand for Police at Illinois Traffic Stops

By Rob Shumaker
December
2009
Article
Page 624
In 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.

A Guide to Involuntary Commitment in Illinois

By Rob Shumaker
November
2008
Article
Page 568
Too many involuntary commitments are overturned because the lawyers and judges fail to follow the law. Here's a how-to guide.

Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens in Illinois: Post-Langenhorst Confusion

By Rob Shumaker
June
2007
Article
Page 300
The Illinois Supreme Court's most recent intrastate forum non conveniens ruling only adds to the confusion, this author opines.

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