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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.