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May 12, 2012 | otmseo

Judge shocks courtroom with acquittal in Troy teen’s heroin death – .Crime & Controversy – bnd.com

Judge shocks courtroom with acquittal in Troy teen’s heroin death – .Crime & Controversy – bnd.com via Judge shocks courtroom with acquittal in Troy teen’s heroin death – .Crime & Controversy – bnd.com.

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May 8, 2012 | otmseo

Federal appeals court bans enforcement of Illinois eavesdropping law – chicagotribune.com

Federal appeals court bans enforcement of Illinois eavesdropping law – chicagotribune.com via Federal appeals court bans enforcement of Illinois eavesdropping law – chicagotribune.com.

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May 7, 2012 | otmseo

Appeals court says mentally ill woman can sue Chicago police – chicagotribune.com

Appeals court says mentally ill woman can sue Chicago police – chicagotribune.com via Appeals court says mentally ill woman can sue Chicago police – chicagotribune.com.

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May 7, 2012 | otmseo

Drew Peterson trial – chicagotribune.com

Drew Peterson trial – chicagotribune.com via Drew Peterson trial – chicagotribune.com.

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May 6, 2012 | otmseo

State win right to have witnesses testify from the grave against Drew Peterson

People v. Peterson, 2012 IL APP (3d) 100514-B, 2012 Ill. App. LEXIS 269 (April 12, 2012) In this opinion the Appellate Court addresses the admissibility of hearsay statements allegedly made by two of Drew Peterson’s former wives, Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson. Kathleen Savio was allegedly murdered by Drew Peterson to prevent her from testifying […]

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April 11, 2012 | otmseo

Challenging a Search Warrant

In United States v. Spears, (March 8, 2012) the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found that even though there were misrepresentation in the affidavit presented to the magistrate judge, by the police, there was still sufficient evidence to support a finding of probable cause. On August 1, 2008 an Indiana police officer acting as a […]

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March 4, 2012 | otmseo

Center Console of a car is a “Case” under the UUW Statute

Center Console of a car is a “Case” under weapons statutes Court finds that a gun placed in the center console of a car is “encased” for purposes of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon statute. In People v. Harris, 2012 IL App (1st) 100077, Harris was charged with carrying a loaded uncased firearm […]

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February 20, 2012 | otmseo

Constructive Possession – When is that contraband yours?

Two recent appellate court cases both discussed the constructive possession of a weapon and both reached different conclusions. In People v. Spencer, 2012 IL App (1st) 102094 (Feb 2, 2012), the defendant was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon in that defendant unlawfully possessed a handgun. The police executed a search warrant of defendant […]

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February 12, 2012 | otmseo

Judge Orders Release of Report of Senator Stevens’ Prosecution

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan who presided over the prosecution of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens has ordered that the report which criticizes the prosecution be release on March 15, 2012. Stevens was prosecuted and found guilty in 2008 but was ultimate vindicated prior to sentencing after the court learned that the prosecutors mismanaged the […]

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February 7, 2012 | otmseo

Court Finds Anonymous Tip Insufficient For Terry Stop

COURT FINDS ANONYMOUS TIP INSUFFICIENT FOR TERRY STOP In People v. Rhinehart, 2011 IL App (1st) 100683, a Chicago Police Officer was flagged down and told that a black male wearing a white shirt and yellow pants was carrying a gun.  The police then located the man and conducted a pat-down search which resulted in […]

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