Blind plea, blind justice?By Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2003LawPulse, Page 8Capital murder trials put a strain on county budgets, which has led to second-class justice in some cases, critics charge. But improvements in the capital litigation system are making a difference.
Bill requiring DNA samples awaits Ryan’s signatureBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2002LawPulse, Page 338Prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys alike praise the legislation, which requires everyone convicted of a felony to provide DNA for a statewide database.
Legislation makes changes to criminal laws involving computer technology P.A. 92-0175July 2002Illinois Law Update, Page 344New legislation signed into law by Gov. George H. Ryan helps in the fight against the spread of child pornography on the Internet and identifies the crime of cyberstalking. Public Act 92-0175 mandates the forfeiture of any computer containing a depiction of child pornography in any encoded or decoded format.
Perspectives on death-penalty reformBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2002LawPulse, Page 338A prosecutor and criminal defense attorney react to the recommendations of Governor Ryan's Commission on Capital Punishment.