Monthly Archives: January 2010


When jury selection began in Eric Presley’s cocaine trafficking trial at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Georgia, the trial court excluded Eric’s uncle from the courtroom saying “[t]here’s no need for the uncle to be present during jury selection.” Defense counsel wisely objected to the exclusion, asking for “some accommodation” but the trial court explained that the courtroom would […]

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No Unfair Taxes for Health Plans for Working Families

The health care reform debates recently have included some discussion of health care plans being taxed.  Here is a very thorough explanation of some recent developments on this issues from Henry Bayer and Roberta Lynch: As you know, over the past year the American labor movement, along with tens of thousands of our fellow citizens, […]

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AFSCME Responds to Haitian Disaster

As the scope of the disaster in Haiti becomes clear, with reports now that hundreds of thousands may have died, the AFL-CIO has assembled a list of ways we can help: You can help workers in distress by donating to the Solidarity Center’s Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers’ Campaign. Click here to make a donation […]

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Happy New Year – the Decade’s Almost Over

Well, there’s nothing like a controvsial topic to begin the new year, but according to the Gregorian calendar, the decade is not over until 12/31/10.  Nevertheless, I wish you all a very safe, happy and healthy new year.  We are crossing our fingers and hoping to have completed bargaining on a new contract by then and submitting […]

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  In an opinion by Justice LAMPKIN, our Appellate Court holds that an extended term sentence based on 730 ILCS 5/5-8-2, imposed by Judge Alonso, must be vacated because the conviction upon which the extended term sentence was imposed did not occur within 10 years of the previous conviction. Below, the State had successfully argued that […]

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After the State rested at a DUI trial, the defense made a motion for a directed verdict. The trial court in Will County heard arguments on the motion and found the defendant guilty as charged. The Public Defender remained silent until the motion for a new trail at which time he noted in his written motion […]

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The local has obtained a comprehensive summary of new legislation that is now in effect.  Please review the lawupdate2010 so you can become familiar with the new laws.

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Centenial Celebration for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

Put January 29, 2010 on your calendar because a free symposium will be held at Northwestern University School of Law to celebrate 100 years of examining the criminal justice system. All assistant public defenders are invited.

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