Coming soon: The Cook County Community CourtBy Matthew HectorJune 2016LawPulse, Page 12Chicago is one of 10 grant awardees nationwide for a DOJ project to fund pilot neighborhood-focused courts that bring offenders and victims together to resolve disputes.
Another try for pot decriminalizationBy Matthew HectorMay 2016LawPulse, Page 10Proposed marijuana decriminalization legislation would adopt the governor's amendatory veto from last year, lowering the allowable possession amount and the THC level for drivers.
Ending the One-Man Show-UpBy Brendan MaxDecember 2015Article, Page 36In a show-up, police bring a suspect back to the scene for a witnesses i.d. This article discusses its inherent risks and suggests that face-recognition technology may offer an alternative.
Possession of a firearm and ammunition deemed separate offensesSeptember 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 18On February 20, 2015, the supreme court held that the unlawful use of weapons ("UUW") by a felon statute authorizes the State to charge the possession of a firearm and the possession of ammunition as separate offenses.
When ‘Or’ Means ‘And’: A Trap for Criminal AppealsBy Timothy J. TingJune 2015Article, Page 40Criminal defense lawyers who appeal judgments entered after guilty pleas must certify that they have consulted their client about claims of error in both the guilty plea and sentence.
Increased access to individual criminal history transcriptsMay 2015Illinois Law Update, Page 16Where before only law enforcement and correctional facilities could provide individuals with their criminal history transcripts, a new rulemaking by the Department of State Police allows licensed fingerprint vendors to provide this service for a fee.