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Criminal Nuggets

Apr 24, 2019

People v. Drake, 2019 IL 123734 (March). Episode 620 (Duration 11:14)

Although the reversal is still good the lower court judgement that double jeopardy barred a retrial is reversed.

Gist

Defendant was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for aggravated battery of a child.

Facts

At defendant’s bench trial, the nurse...


Apr 23, 2019

People v. Smith, 2019 IL App (3d) 160631 (March). Episode 619 (Duration 14:06)

Kid is available for cross even though they don't remember the actual allegation of sexual abuse.

Gist

Defendant was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child (720 ILCS 5/11- 1.40(a)(1)) in that he placed his penis in the...


Apr 22, 2019

People v. Corral, 2019 IL App (1st) 171501 (March). Episode 618 (Duration 11:38)

Kid got his eyewitness expert witness on the stand, but the witness was not allowed to get into what she thought about the reliability of the witness.

Gist

Buyers in a deal to purchase some cannabis instead shot the dealers in an attempt to...


Apr 17, 2019

People v. Ruiz, 2019 IL App (1st) 152157 (March). Episode 617 (Duration 15:47)

Defendant's conversation with his buddy is recorded and his friend kept telling him he always takes things to far.

Gist

Defendant was convicted of murder. He shot a killed a guy.

Issue

Prior to trial, defendant again tried to exclude...


Apr 16, 2019

People v. Rebollar-Vergara, 2019 IL App (2d) 140871 (March). Episode 616 (Duration 15:29)

Defendant gets into an argument with a guy and his buddy ups and shoots him, then sloppy questioning happens in the grand jury room.

Facts

Defendant and his buddy approach a rival gang member and trash talking ensues.

At one point...