A sharply divided Illinois Supreme Court (4-3), issued an important and useful Speedy Trial decision on 2/20/09 in a DUI case written by Justice Freeman. The DUI arose in Champaign County when defendant Larry Van Schoyck was issued tickets/citations for a DUI by Champaign County Sheriff J.P. Reifstock. A written speedy trial demand was made […]
Monthly Archives: February 2009
Here he is, by popular demand, George Grzeca, the Local’s Member of the Month. An Assistant Public Defender in Cook County since 12/16/78 and veteran of the Homicide Task Force, he retired at the end of last year. He remains, unofficially, “of counsel” and a holdover tenant as well.
Here is how it looks currently for the 2009 budget for the Office of the Public Defender. Edwin Burnette submitted an initial budget proposal for 2009 to Todd Stroger for $60.7 million, about $9 million more than our 2008 budget appropriation. Todd Stroger cut Ed’s initial proposal to about $54 million. In the meantime, Stroger […]
A report is due out this month from the National Academy of Sciences which is expected to have huge policy implications on the use of expert testimony in criminal cases throughout the country. Click here for a link to an article from the New York Times by Solomon Moore regarding the report.