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June 2016 Archives

The role of plea bargaining

As a means to keep the Illinois criminal judicial system moving smoothly, many cases are resolved through the use of plea bargains. Without them, it is thought that the system would become overburdened and inefficient. One of the biggest benefits of a plea bargain is that it is an agreement that the parties agree to on their own, which means that the terms will be adhered to.

The problem with eyewitness testimony

Eyewitness testimony can be notoriously unreliable. Research conducted by The Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to identifying and overturning wrongful convictions through DNA testing, has found that eyewitness mistakes have been instrumental in more than 70 percent of such convictions. Eyewitness testimony is unreliable for several reasons.

Man handed new drug charge after second raid at his home

A police raid in Illinois on June 22 resulted in a drug charge for a 23-year-old man. The search and seizure took place in Braidwood and was conducted by Braidwood Police officers along with members of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The accused man was newly charged for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and he also has two other pending drug charges.

An understanding of assault and battery

Although the issues of both assault and battery tend to be interlinked in lay terms, the two are actually distinct but closely related actions. Because the two types of offenses are so closely linked, there are states that combine them into a single offense category. Illinois residents should understand that both offenses involve actions that are offensive and that are usually intentional as well as harmful.

2 men handed drug charges after controlled buys

Chicago Ridge police took two men into custody for drug charges on June 13 after conducting two separate undercover controlled buys. Police monitored both men while they were allegedly engaged in hand-to-hand drug transactions. Each of the accused men was charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

Illinois woman faces felony charges for explosion in Target

A woman faces two felony charges after she allegedly set off a small explosion at a Target on Howard Street in Chicago. The explosion occurred on June 8 in the store bathroom. According to police, it started in a plastic bottle and remained confined to one stall.

Man charged with selling drugs

Illinois residents may be interested to learn that a 44-year-old man has been taken into custody on federal drug charges in the Quad Cities. The accused has a record of previous convictions on drug-related offenses. He is being held by the U.S. Marshals Service.

New data shows drunk driving risk in all states

Illinois residents and others across the country may want to take a look at compiled statistics for each state detailing drunk driving rates. Statistics were taken from several national organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Woman charged after firing warning shots at gunman

An Illinois woman is facing felony firearm charges after firing warning shots at a gunman who had shot her fiance on May 28 at about 5:20 p.m. The incident occurred when the 26-year-old woman and her 27-year-old fiance were driving in their vehicle on the 200 block of West Root Street in Aurora.

Drug lord will be extradited to face charges

Illinois is one of several jurisdictions that have indicted former Mexican cartel leader Joaquín 'El Chapo" Guzmán, and Mexico has now agreed to extradite him to the United States. The Foreign Ministry in Mexico made the announcement on May 20. The United States had to agree not to seek the death penalty against him as part of the deal.