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Criminal Nuggets

Feb 27, 2019

In re Appointment of Special Prosecutor, 2019 IL 122949 (January). Episode 596 (Duration 8:25)

Press not allowed to get grand jury documents through FOIA.

Gist

Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew got in a fight the victim. Victim dies and nothing happens.

7 years later a special prosecutor is appointed and a special grand...


Feb 20, 2019

People v. Johnson, 2019 IL 122956 (January). Episode 593 (Duration 10:10)

Defendant has to move to withdraw his plea if he wants to challenge a sentence that was within the agreed cap but where the judge relied on improper factors.

Gist

The sole issue before this court is whether the appellate court erroneously reached...


Feb 19, 2019

Prior Consistent Statement

Generally, a prior consistent statement of a witness is inadmissible for the purpose of corroborating the witness’s trial testimony. People v. Donegan, 2012 IL App (1st) 102325, ¶ 52. That is so because it is likely to unfairly enhance the witness’s credibility solely because the...


Feb 18, 2019

People v. Bowden, 2019 IL App (3d) 170654 (February). Episode 591 (Duration 11:29)

Another example of evidence that was admitted to demonstrate the course of the police investigation.

Roscoe P Coltrane Traffic Stop

Facts

The officer was following defendant’s vehicle, in Carthage, Illinois, in the westbound lane of Highway 136.

The westbound lane...


Feb 15, 2019

People v. Oelerich, 2017 IL App (2d) 141281 (February). Episode 295 (Duration 13:05)

Defendant had severe mental delusions and issues when he drove his car head on into a lady's mini van.

Facts

Defendant was either trying to kill himself or test to see if he was invisible when he drove his mother's Cadillac into a...