The hearing on whether to terminate the employment of Edwin Burnette, Public Defender of Cook County is now set for next week on the 20th. As mentioned before, members are encouraged to attend the hearing but should put in for appropriate time off in advance of the date. It has been suggested that the proceedings will be behind closed doors, even though Mr. Burnette wants the world to see what is going on.As concerned citizens, we have a right to attend and at least let our elected commissioners know what we think of the allegations in the resolution. It is unlikely that the commissioners will “vote” on the removal, leaving the decision up to the President, but perhaps our presence will make him think twice about conducting a sham hearing. Please make an effort to attend the hearing.
After arresting the driver of a car the police may search that car….or maybe not. In Arizona v Grant, 2007 Ariz. LEXIS 73 the usually pro state Arizona Supreme Court said the following.”This case requires us to determine whether the search incident to arrest exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement permits the warrantless search of an arrestee’s car when the scene is secure and the arrestee is handcuffed, seated in the back of a patrol car, and under the supervision of a police officer. We hold that in such circumstances, a warrantless search is not justified.”Not surprisingly, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted certiori at 2008 U. S. LEXIS 2022. Until such time as the U.S. Supreme Court explains how the Arizona court’s clear reasoning is in error, members should raise this issue in car search cases.
The First District Appellate Court reversed last week’s TRO entered by Judge Riley. The County has indicated it will have a hearing on the Removal Resolution on the 20th of May. The story, as reported in the Sun Times by Steve Patterson can be read by clicking here. On a related note, the County Board defeated a proposal by Claypool, Quigley and Suffredin to have a hearing which accords due process. Take a look yourself at item 8.
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
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About First Defense Legal Aid
First Defense Legal Aid (“FDLA”) is an innovative program that protects civil rights by offering free 24-hour legal representation and advice to any individual taken into Chicago Police Department custody. The Program’s services cover the initial and most critical stage of police detention: immediately after arrest until the time when a public defender has been assigned by the court system. Volunteers are trained to handle emergency calls by determining the nature of the call and whether a station visit is necessary to represent the individual in police custody. If a station visit is necessary, FDLA volunteers will interview the arrestee, inform the arrestee of his/her constitutional rights, provide the arrestee with bond information, and serve as a link between the arrestee and his/her family.
First Defense Legal Aid began in 1995, as a program of the Chicago Commons Association. It was originally named the “Police Custody Hotline Program”, but the name was quickly changed to First Defense Legal Aid at the request of community residents. FDLA became an independent corporation in 2002, and a 501(c)(3) organization in 2003.
Board of Directors Advisory Board Honorary Board
Sulaiman M. Qazi Jeff Brown Locke Bowman
Chairman Patricia Smith Carol A. Brook
Michael Wilson Richard Dvorak Edwin A. Brunette
Treasurer Craig Futterman Kenneth L. Cunniff
Carolyn Gold Aberman Scott Levy John Fitzgerald
Secretary John Lyke Richard S. Kling
Dev Parikh Andrea D. Lyon
Harriet McCullough Zenaida Alonzo Terence F. MacCarthy
Sean P. MacCarthy Shaena Fazal R. Eugene Pincham
Scott T. Kamin Theodore Woerthwein Randolph N. Stone
Jonathan Peck Wayne Novak Scott Turow
Kristine Neal Michael Finn
Jessica Hunter Tony Hill
Nikol M. Miller Elfreda Dockery
Cook County Public Defender Ed Burnette is going to court on Friday to get a TRO against the County Board. Here is a story from the Daily Herald. Or read the story from the Daily Law Bulletin. Or the story in the Sun Times by Steve Patterson.
Local 3315 will be having its annual golf outing on July 24, 2008 at Eaglewood in Itasca. This was the place where we held our outing last year and were having an excellent time — until of course the tornado laden weather hit the area. This year we will be hoping for better weather. The outing includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner, drinks and a myriad of door prizes. Our annual chair is Brother George Grezeca of the Homicide Task Force. More details about tee times and costs for guests as these details become available. Please mark your calendars (or correct them) for this annual gathering of members on the links.