As a result of the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in People v. Wagener, 196 Ill.2d 269, 752 N.E.2d 430 (2001) we thought the attempt to apply Apprendi v New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000) to consecutive sentences was dead. But maybe not!!! On March 17, 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oregon v. Ice, 2008 U.S. LEXIS 2387 to decide the issue of whether the Sixth Amendment requires that facts (other than prior convictions) necessary to imposing consecutive sentences be found by the jury or admitted by the defendant. Members involved in cases involving consecutive sentencing situations should raise the issue and check out the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision on which cert was granted at State v Ice, 2007 Ore. LEXIS 815 (2007).
Well the compliance administrator for the Shakman SRO will appear before the County Board today (4/9/08) and remind the county of its failure to hire a “highly qualified politically neutral individual” to the position of Chief of the Bureau of Human Resources. Read her letter to President Stroger and the Commissioners here.
Brothers and Sisters, do you know a hard working law student who would be interested in winning a $2000 scholarship? If you do, please direct them to our website and the Scholarship tab on the left hand side. There, they can find information about the scholarship available to law students who clerk in our office. The application is online and can be sent via email. The deadline for the summer scholarship is April 1, 2008.
And don’t forget to mark 9/3/08 in your calenders for the next fundraiser for the scholarship – a Cubs night game with special pre-party!
The Jack Carey Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the next fundraiser. Cubs v. Houston, September 3, 2008, Wrigley Field. More information on tickets and exclusive pre-game festivities when they become available. Mark your calenders!
As a reminder, it is reversible error in a DNA case for the judge to permit the prosecution, over the objection of the defense, to introduce any evidence that the defendant’s DNA profile was in a DNA database. People v. Jackson, 865 N.E.2d 195 (1st Dist. 2007). This situation comes up mostly in cold-hit cases, where the prosecution seeks to inform the jury that a database hit to the defendant’s profile occurred. According to the First District Appellate Court, it is error to admit reference to the database.
Recently, we posted the seniority list as known by AFSCME Council 31 in Springfield. Many of you reviewed it and then sent correspondence indicating any errors you noticed. Management responded by saying that they have their own list and we have now uploaded it for your review. Please take a look at it and as we said before, send a memo to personnel if there is a mistake. Then we will send the corrections to Springfield and hopefully arrive at a more accurate list.
Click Management’s Seniority List 022508 to see a pdf version of this list.
As the Local did for members with last names from A-M in September of 2007, it will host a two hour cocktail reception following the second day of the mandatory MCLE at McCormick Place for members with last names N-Z.
All members at the seminar will receive two drink tickets which can be redeemed for the drink of their choice: beer, wine, pop , water and mixed drinks. The bartenders will also accept cash if you run out of tickets.
* Room E450 (one floor up from where the main seminar room.)
* March 7, 2008 5pm-7pm
Please drink responsibly.