Monthly Archives: July 2009

S. Ct Rule 431 (b) SAYS WHAT IT MEANS AND MEANS WHAT IT SAYS

“Rule 431(b) places the duty on the trial judge, not on the prosecutor or defense, to pose the specific questions set for in the rule to insure that the prospective jurors understand and accept the Zehr principles.” [See: People v Zehr, 103 Ill. 2d 472, 469 N.E.2d 1062 (1984)]  Moreover, per the opinion of Justice […]

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Board and Trustees Installed July 21, 2009

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Applications for Entry Level APD Positions Being Accepted

After nearly two years, the County has posted entry level openings for Assistant Public Defenders.  If you know some one who is interested, please have them go to the Cook County website for more information.

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Summer Update

Here is a little update for the membership on what’s going on with our local. Installation of New Board and Trustees The recently elected executive board and trustees of Local 3315 will be sworn-in in a ceremony on July 21, 2009 by our former brother and now Judge, Stuart Paul Katz. 1% Arbitration The Cook County […]

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HOW NOT TO ANSWER A JURY’S QUESTION

Justice Gordon joined by Justices Cahill and McBride, reverses and remands defendant’s murder conviction and natural life sentence, because the trial court abused her discretion and abandoned her role as a neutral referee where she answered a question from the jury on a question of fact, thus providing unsworn testimony to the jurors on a critical […]

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