Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Due Process

Excusing sleepy juror not an abuse of discretion

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On Dec. 18, 2019, the Third District Appellate Court found that the trial court had not abused its discretion when it dismissed a juror who slept through portions of a first-degree murder proceeding and ignored photographic evidence.

State must establish elements of a gang-related offense before shifting the burden to defendant

January
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On Oct. 18, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court vacated a defendant’s conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a member of a street gang.

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