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Dropsy, Smells-Me, Front Seating, and Other Testilying Testimony Has To Be Weighed On It’s Own Merit
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: People v. Campbell, 2019 IL App (1st) 161640 (April). Episode 630 (Duration 11:07) Court is not insensitive to claims of “dropsy”...
Drug Overdose Immunity Enforced In The 3rd District
Friday 29 May 2020
: People v. Markham, 2019 IL App (3d) 180071 (April). Episode 626 (Duration 7:32) State says overdose immunity should not kick in since...
Why A Hung Jury Generally Avoids Double Jeopardy Problems
Wednesday 13 May 2020
: People v. Kimble, 2019 IL 122830 (April). Episode 622 (Duration 9:42) Judge declared a mistrial kind of early, still double jeopardy was...
3 Districts All Have Said The Smell Of Weed Still Justifies A Car Search
Wednesday 13 May 2020
: People v. Rice, 2019 IL App (3d) 170134 (April). Episode 623 (Duration 7:36) A strong indication from the 3rd district on what the smell...
Court Is Taking The Discovery Rules Seriously In Summary Suspension Hearings
Monday 20 April 2020
: People v. Patel, 2019 IL App (2d) 170766 (March). State failed to produce discover for the SSS Hearing, they subsequently blew Trainor....
Can The State Compel You To Give Up Your Phone Passcode?
Wednesday 15 April 2020
: People v. Spicer, 2019 IL App (3d) 170814 (March). Episode 602 (Duration 11:56) Can the prosecution compel you to give up your phone...
March 2019 Speed Round (The Illinois Criminal Case Law Round Up)
Monday 06 April 2020
: This is the March 2019 Illinois criminal case law audio round-up (the fast case law summary). The March 2019 Top Illinois Criminal Law Cases...
State Blows Speedy Trial Even Though Defense Counsel Agreed To The Continuance
Wednesday 01 April 2020
: People v. Mooney, 2019 IL App (3d) 150607 (March). Episode 599 (Duration 9:21) Agreeing to continuance was ineffective, outright reversal...
When Easily Identifiable Informants Are Treated As Anonymous Tipsters
Monday 23 March 2020
: People v. Holmes, 2019 IL App (1st) 160987 (March). Episode 601 (Duration 9:33) An essentially anonymous tip was treated as wholly...
Scott’s Law In Illinois 625 ILCS 5/11-907(c)
Wednesday 18 March 2020
: Scott’s Law in Illinois is the requirement that drivers slow down and move over when police cars or other emergency vehicles are stopped...
Police Search This Property Without A Warrant State Concedes Some Illegality
Friday 13 March 2020
: In re K.M., 2019 IL App (1st) 172322 (February). Episode 595 (Duration 13:05) Police entered onto private property without a warrant to...
In 2020 Can Police Search Your Car If They Smell Marijuana?
Wednesday 04 March 2020
: After Illinois passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act which became effective in 2020, can police still search a car when they smell...
February 2019 Speed Round (The Illinois Criminal Case Law Round Up)
Monday 02 March 2020
: This is the February 2019 Illinois criminal case law audio round-up (the fast case law summary). Episode 598 (Duration 14:12) The February...
When Is A Criminal Informant Considered A Witness Who Has To Testify?
Wednesday 26 February 2020
: People v. Monroy-Jaimes, 2019 IL App (2d) 160426 (January). Episode 586 (Duration 9:38) Interesting use of an informant, how much of it...
Daniel Epstein Is Running For The Illinois Supreme Court
Tuesday 18 February 2020
: In Episode 738 (Duration 35:06) Illinois attorney Daniel Epstein sat down with the Criminal Nuggets Podcast and told us about his vision...
Traffic Stop Based On Mistaken Identity Is Considered A Reasonable Mistake of Fact
Wednesday 12 February 2020
: People v. Hill, 2019 IL App (4th) 180041 (January). Episode 584 (Duration 16:08) Officer sees passenger riding low in the seat and he...
Double Jeopardy Trap Snaps And Ensnares This Judge
Monday 03 February 2020
: People v. Shoevlin, 2019 IL App (3d) 170258 (January). Episode 583 (Duration 11:04) Serious double jeopardy concerns are raised when the...
DUI License Suspension On Private Property
Wednesday 29 January 2020
: People v. Relwani, 2019 IL 123385 (January). Episode 582 (Duration 10:18) Defendant needed to say something about the private nature of...
Chicago Police Body Cam Discovery With Peter Lewis: What To Do When You Don't Get It
Wednesday 08 January 2020
: Episode 724 (Duration 33:57). Chicago defense attorney Peter Lewis explains what a litigant can do when their criminal discovery is missing...
Illinois Residential Burglary Statute Makes It A Class 1 Felony
Friday 15 November 2019
: Residential Burglary In Illinois In Illinois residential burglary is class 1 felony. The crime is defined by statute this way: A person...
A Break Down Of The Illinois Custodial Sexual Misconduct Statute With Michael Wepsiec
Tuesday 12 November 2019
: Episode 698 (Duration 29:54). Attorney Michael Wepsiec of Murphosboro, Illinois deconstructs the custodial sexual misconduct criminal law...
Illinois v. Caballes: The Police Drug Dog Sniffer Case
Friday 08 November 2019
: Illinois v. Caballes, 543 U.S. 405 (2005). SCOTIS Notice (Duration 1:43) This is the SCOTUS case that set the framework for the use of drug...
What To Do About Fatally Flawed Criminal Charges: Alan Downen Interview
Tuesday 08 October 2019
: People v. Rowell, 229 Ill. 2nd 82 (May 2008). Episode 686 (Duration 31:58) What's the best way to handle legally insufficient criminal...
Disorderly Conduct Conviction For Making A Threat Must Get Past Free Speech Protection
Tuesday 24 September 2019
: People v. Khan, 2018 IL App (2d) 160724 (October). Episode 561 (Duration 18:46) Dude posted a message on facebook that he carries a gun on...
Expert Testimony On Drug Use Is Not Always Required Sometimes Any Joe Shmoe Can Identify Impairment From Drug Use
Tuesday 24 September 2019
: People v. Gocmen, 2018 IL 122388 (September). Episode 540 (Duration 14:15) In obvious cases an officer need not be a drug detection expert...