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Sep 11, 2018

Here are the top 10 most recent Illinois criminal law confession cases in September of 2018. Episode 534 (Duration 31:11).

Illinois top 10 confession cases

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Top 10 Recent Confession Cases From The Illinois Court System (September 2018)

Here's a quick snapshot of the most important cases cases:

A Block - Coerced Confessions With "Normal" Defendants

1.  People v. Sanchez, 2018 IL App (1st) 143899 (April). Episode 488 (Duration 18:22). Involuntary confession and improper closing arguments lead to a murder conviction that is now reversed outright. Kid kept asking for his mother. Court clearly thinks he didn’t do it.

2. People v. Phillips, 2018 IL App (3d) 130270 (February). Episode 479 (Duration 13:35). 18-year-old’s confession ruled involuntary, in part, because defendant is told baby killers get killed in prison.

B Block - Clear Wrongdoing By Police But Confession Saved

3. People v. McArthur, 2018 IL App (1st) 150626 (June). Episode 515 (Duration 8:15). 17 year old held for 73 hours before a probable cause hearing nonetheless gave a voluntary confession. It's a sex case. Time limit thing is not an absolute rule.

4. People v. Soto, 2017 IL App (1st) 140893 (January). Episode 291 (Duration 11:45). Third confession 24 hours after first Mirandaless confession was cured of the taint of the constitutional violation. This was the homeless guy who was “staying” at the station when they finally “realized” he was the main suspect.

5. People v. Mandoline, 2017 IL App (2d) 150511 (February). Episode 316 (Duration 12:31). The police misconduct here did not overbear defendant’s will so as to deprive him of the opportunity to knowingly and intelligently relinquish his rights and give statements to the police. Arson case. Wind blew the smoke into the house killing the victim sleeping inside.

C Block - Police Don't Overreact But Defendant Not "Normal"

6. In re S.W.N., 2016 IL App (3d) 160080 (July). Episode 210 (Duration 11:57). Minor had an IQ of 70, otherwise voluntary confession suppressed because minor likely didn’t understand the Miranda warnings. Forceful sexual assault case.

7. People v. Edwards, 2017 IL App (3d) 130190-B (January). Episode 300 (Duration 5:42). This 17 year old’s confession was voluntary even though he had a fifth grade reading level, suffered from various mental disorders, and that the investigating officers did not allow him to speak to his mother. Really bad violent crime. He executed a witness by putting a pillow over his face and shooting. A second victim survived.

D Block  - Overwhelming Police Presence

8. People v. Hernandez, 2017 IL App (1st) 150575 (March). Episode 332 (Duration 11:51). Confession is out; giving the defendant a fake gun residue test did not sufficiently attenuate the bad arrest. Defendant was arrested by 20 officers immediately after his ex girlfriend was found dead in her car with a shotgun wound to her head.

9. People v. Gutierrez, 2016 IL App (3d) 130619 (December). Episode 273 (Duration 9:35) Appellate court disagrees with trial court; defendant was arrested before he was transported to Kendall County thus the case is remanded for an attenuation hearing to see if the confession is out.

People v. Gutierrez, 2016 IL App (3d) 130619 (December). Episode 274 (Duration 12:33) Part 2. I also break down a bunch of older cases.

E Block - Wild Card 

10. People v. Hardimon, 2017 IL App (3d) 120772 (May). Episode 378 (Duration 9:56). Jury should not have seen that portion of the recorded interrogation where the police go at the defendant more aggressively. He didn’t confess per se but the jury got to see what the police really thought happened.

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