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Back in the Saddle Again The rumors are true: I am back at Lockhart Gardner after nearly two years away. In some ways, it feels like I never left, though there are noticeable changes here at LG.Read More
Wrongful Conviction DNA evidence has once again shaken things up in the Chicago legal world this week as well-respected criminal court justice Richard Cuesta has been pulled off cases and put in “the penalty box." He’s being accused of prosecutorial misconduct during his time at the State’s Attorney’s office in the 1990s.Read More
To Plea or Not to Plea This week saw another conviction vacated – a set of convictions, actually – as a result of the city’s crime lab mishandling DNA evidence. It’s created a mountain of work in the S.A.’s office as defense attorneys have filed appeals on every conviction won on the basis of DNA evidence handled by this lab during the time period in question.Read More
Rules of Engagement This week I was called before a panel investigating the Independent Police Review Authority’s report on the Roland Masters shooting at the Addison CTA stop. The IPRA was created in 2007 in response to concerns about how allegations of police misconduct were being handled.Read More