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Criminal Nuggets


Jan 26, 2017

This month featured two fundamental principles that rang through loud and clear.

It's an open question if December 2016 marks the beginning of a new paradigm in Illinois sentencing...or will the Illinois Supreme Court knock down this "experiment" in sentencing by the appellate courts.

Plus, we relearned a hard lesson about widespread police misconduct.

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The Top Criminal Cases For December 2016

Here's a quick snapshot of what's included in the podcast and the December case list:

1. People v. Harris

This 18 year old gets a new sentencing hearing because he had a 76 year de facto life sentence  

2. People v. Horta

This 18 year old does not get a new sentencing hearing even though he had a 59 year de facto sentence.  Hmmm? 

3. People v. Busse

How do you steal quarters out of a vending machine without breaking the machine? Why this is the case to have in your back pocket for every single nonviolent sentencing hearing you have to do.

4. People v. Smith

How do you measure 21 years of age when it comes to mandatory X sentencing?

5. People v. Gonzalez

Notorious corrupt detective handled this defendant's witness identification. The witness changed her tune after the detective was done with her...but defendant is entitled to no appellate relief.

6. People v. Hauad

This murder defendant likely did not commit the murder....appellate relief denied! 

7. People v. McDonald

Why you shouldn't overlook the standard of review for lesser includes. It 100%  effects what you should argue to get your lesser included admitted. 

8. People v. Evans

This step-grand mother was treated badly by the trial judge. Now he get's to retry the case. 

9. People v. Fernandez

Sometimes your ID and passport don't prove a freak-en thing. See how this defendant's identification discovered in "his" bedroom failed to establish it was "his" bedroom.

10. People v. Burnett

Never jump on the floorboard of your van when it's being stolen. Even if the defendant is not suffering from hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and drug addiction; it can't turn out good for you.

11. People v. Wiggins

How does Texas's lack gun laws effect a Texans liability for gun possession in Illinois?

12. People v. Gutierrez

This defendant went to bed with the wrong girl. Soon thereafter the police where in the bedroom and he was in handcuffs. See how this cases touches on almost everything we ever talk about on the podcast.

13. People v. Cielak

Let's nitpick the observation period, just for the reviewing court to tell us "substantial" compliance means we haven't proven a thing.

14. People v. Kavanaugh

There's no reward for acing the field sobriety tests.

15. People v. Parker

This defendant actually asked her, "Do you think I'm going to rape you." You replied, "Yes!". How do you think this affected the consent issue?

16. People v. Vara

A peek behind the relatively new anti-"grooming" statute.

17. People v. Applewhite

What happens when 115-10 statements collide with Rule 613(c)?

18. People v. Staple

The rule against double jeopardy is intended to be a shield and not a sword. At the trial level, defendant quite effectively destroyed the State in this fencing match.  

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