The limited lockstep doctrineBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2006LawPulse, Page 338In a dog-sniff case, the Illinois Supreme Court wrote that it will interpret state constitutional provisions more expansively than their federal counterparts only under limited circumstances.
DNA sampling does not violate the ConstitutionJune 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 284On March 23, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, holding that evidence admitted against the defendant at trial was properly admitted and that section 5-4-3 of the Unified Code of Corrections, which requires convicted felons to submit DNA samples to the police, does not violate the United States Constitution.
Section of the Illinois Election Code is unconstitutionalMay 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 230On March 6, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding unconstitutional section 7A-1 of the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/7A-1).
Section of the Adoption Act violates Equal ProtectionOctober 2005Illinois Law Update, Page 506On August 1, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, terminating the parental rights of the defendant.
You take the sofa, I’ll take the Fifth…By Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2005LawPulse, Page 162Forget about dirty laundry; what if your divorcing client did – or might have done – something criminal? Here's advice about advising clients how and when to take the Fifth.
Counseling gay couplesBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2003LawPulse, Page 544While the issues that arise in gay relationships are familiar, the legal framework is different. It's a difference that family practitioners and estate planners should learn to navigate.