Author: otmseo

October 23, 2012 | otmseo

97% of Federal and 94% of State Convictions are Guilty Pleas

Ninety-seven percent of federal convictions and ninety-four percent of state convictions are the result of guilty pleas. With that in mind, the Supreme Court has expended a defendant’s right to counsel to plea-bargaining having determined that negotiating a deal with the government is a critical stage in representing a client.  Poor advice on the law […]

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October 18, 2012 | otmseo

Shoplifting not a Burglary

Many of the State’s Attorneys have been adding burglary charges a Class 2 felony, punishable by 3-7 years, to every misdemeanor retail theft by charging that these shoplifters were entering or remaining in the store to commit a theft and were thus committing a burglary. Fortunately, the Appellate Court applies some common sense which will […]

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June 20, 2012 | otmseo

Is the Right to Confrontation being Eroded?

There has been a lot of consternation over the US Supreme Court’s opinion in Williams v. Illinois, No. 10-8505, June 18, 2012, from defense attorneys; however, the decision actually seems to be pretty limited.  The ISP expert testified that a DNA profile produced by Cellmark matched defendant’s, but Williams had the opportunity to confront her […]

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June 14, 2012 | otmseo

Divorce Attorney Will Testify in Peterson Trial

Divorce Attorney Will Testify in Peterson Trial.

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June 12, 2012 | otmseo

George Zimmerman’s wife arrested, charged with perjury

George Zimmerman’s wife arrested, charged with perjury.

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June 11, 2012 | otmseo

Justice Department gets long extension to perform e-discovery duties that Honeywell says it abysmally failed

ral agencies and 45 third parties. The government has four lawyers on the case. Hiring of lawyers by DOJ lags behind steep increase in False Claims Act cases via Justice Department gets long extension to perform e-discovery duties that Honeywell says it abysmally failed.

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June 11, 2012 | otmseo

Public defender’s unsavory client poses dilemma

Public defender’s unsavory client poses dilemma.

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June 11, 2012 | otmseo

40+ Shot In Chicago And The Weekend Isn’t Even Over Yet! (DETAILS)

40+ Shot In Chicago And The Weekend Isn’t Even Over Yet! (DETAILS).

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May 31, 2012 | otmseo

A federal appeals court in Boston ruled the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

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May 17, 2012 | otmseo

Drew Peterson headed to court in July | HLNtv.com

Drew Peterson headed to court in July | HLNtv.com via Drew Peterson headed to court in July | HLNtv.com.

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