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  • 11312976_10100289780739434_8050159613845089256_oChief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court Timothy C. Evans

  • 193011_588015780064_6250245_oIllinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Marie Burke

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    Richard H. Bernstein

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    Homaro “Omar” Cantu Jr. 

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PEOPLE V. RAYMOND PALOMINO

REDUCED TO MISDEAMNOR

During the case Raymond benefited from a new state law that allows 17-year-olds facing felony charges to remain in juvenile rather than adult court. After filing a motion arguing his case should be transferred to juvenile court, prosecutors approached us with the offer of dropping felony charges and accepting a misdemeanor plea in exchange for the 364 days his client had already spent on electronic monitoring, Usharovich said.

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PEOPLE V. LYNDELL WAFFORD


MOTION TO DISMISS GRANTED

There were indications that Wafford made purchases at several different cash registers at Wal-Mart, all on Sept. 24, according to the records. In those instances, he used the $100 bills to make small purchases for which he received change, they say.

Other businesses due to receive part of the restitution ordered in the case are Dollar Tree, Murphy Oil, McDonald's and First Neighbor Bank in Charleston and Little Mexico and Alexander Auto Parts in Mattoon.

On the motion to dismiss the felony charges, Coles County Circuit Judge Teresa Righter agreed with the contentions from defense attorney Ilia Usharovich of Wheeling.

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PEOPLE V. RIZZO


LAW AMENDED AFTER BEING HELD UNCONSTITUIONAL

"In 2013, Vincent Rizzo was charged with aggravated speeding for allegedly driving 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph speed zone, and with improper lane usage for allegedly cutting in between two semi-trucks at a high rate of speed. At the time, supervision was not an available disposition for those who drove more than 40 miles per hour over the speed limit. Rizzo's counsel, however, persuaded the trial court that denying a driver of the possibility of supervision was unconstitutional. While noting that the Legislature has a legitimate interest in enacting legislation that defines and criminalizes excessive speeding, the circuit court found that denying a defendant the dispositional option of court supervision for speeding more than 40 mph over the speed limit was "cruel and degrading punishment." Notable was the trial court's concern that the Legislature was interfering
with a judge's ability to exercise discretion in imposing sentence.

On direct appeal, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the trial court. People v. Rizzo, 2016 IL 118599.

Specially concurring, Justice Burke, with whom Justice Freeman joined, agreed with the result, but wrote that because the absence of supervision as a possible disposition is not a penalty, the only question that needed to be addressed was whether a mandatory misdemeanor penalty for the offense of aggravated speeding was so cruel and degrading to the offense that it shocked the moral sense of the community and thereby violated the proportionate penalty clause shocked the moral sense of the community. Justice Burke also stated a concern that the majority had been heavy-handed in its criticism of the trial judge. Justice Burke noted the circuit court's expressed concern about the inability to consider supervision for someone who, for example, was speeding because of a medical emergency, and observed that the Legislature had, as this case was pending, amended the relevant statutes to make supervision an optional disposition for first offenders." By Jay Wiegman, Office of the State Appellate Defender

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DISCOUNT INN V. CITY OF CHICAGO

WALLSTREET JOURNAL

EXCESSIVE WEEDS

"An attorney for Discount Inn, Ilia Usharovich, said the Seventh Circuit consented to a troubling expansion of the government powers. He said the trial and appellate courts dismissed his client’s Eighth Amendment claim without “a factual analysis to determine if” the fines are excessive. He said he plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case."

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