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  • The 4th Amendment Has Entered the Digital Age: SCOTUS Rules Police Need Warrant to Search Phones

    COME BACK WITH A WARRANT. At least, that’s what the United States Supreme Court told the government this June. In a nearly unanimous opinion (Justice Alito filed a concurrence), the highest court in the land ruled that police officers must secure a warrant before searching data on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested. The Court determined that searching modern cell phones, ...
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  • Warring Peterson lawyers take fight to court

    CHICAGO — Drew Peterson’s wisecracking, limelight-hogging, sunglasses-wearing lawyers faced the media horde every day of the former suburban Chicago police officer’s 2012 trial – one that ended with a murder conviction and a falling out among the erstwhile colleagues. But the lawyerly war of words in public between lead trial counsel Joel Brodsky and former partner-turned-nemesis Steve Greenberg ...
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  • Chicago's next prosecutor to be more of an insider

    January 1, 2013 - Associated Press CHICAGO — The lanky, soft-spoken lawman from New York arrived in Chicago with a mandate to clean up corruption-plagued Illinois. And after a decade on the job, Patrick Fitzgerald had helped put two successive governors and a long procession of other public officials behind bars. Months after the consummate outsider resigned as head of the U.S. attorney’s office ...
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  • News - Peterson Mistrial Considered In the News
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  • Peterson Jury Selection Begins
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  • George Ryan Appeal Sent Back By Supreme Court

    CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to again look at former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s bid to overturn his corruption convictions, offering the imprisoned Republican a chance, however slim, at a new trial. The decision marks one of the few significant rulings that have gone in Ryan’s favor since he was convicted of accepting vacations, gifts and cash for steering ...
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  • Blagojevich Lawyers Ask Judge to Endorse Drug Rehab Program for Former Governor

    Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys have asked to have him placed in a drug rehab program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence for corruption, though they aren’t saying if the former Illinois governor has a problem or if it’s a legal move. Judge James Zagel agreed Tuesday to recommend Blagojevich for the program. Neither Zagel nor Blagojevich’s attorneys detailed why he would be eligible. ...
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  • Blagojevich begins bleak countdown to prison AP – 12/8/2011 – Rod Blagojevich starts his Thursday facing a bleak countdown — 71 days before the twice-elected Illinois governor must say goodbye to his family and begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. During those days, he will scramble to get his financial affairs in ...
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  • Prosecutors seek to drop some Blagojevich counts

    By MICHAEL TARM (Associated Press – February 23, 2011) CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors asked a judge for permission Wednesday to dismiss racketeering charges against ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich as he heads to a retrial, trying to simplify a case that deadlocked jurors in the first trial complained was too hard to follow. In the waning minutes of a pretrial status hearing, prosecutor ...
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  • El Paso Public Corruption
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  • Gal Pissetzky Defends Client Against Public Corruption Charges.

    He’s the Modern Day Perry Mason… By Joe Muench (Excerpt from: They Keep Putting Off the Judge), The El Paso Times - Now P. has taken on noted criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky of Chicago. The question around town: How can P., a computer technician formerly with the District Clerk’s Office, then with El Paso Independent School District, afford such a high-profile lawyer?…Google Pissetzky and ...
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  • One suspect denied bond in girl's killing

    By Leah Hope June 28, 2007 (WLS) The two men charged in the shooting death of a 13-year-old Chicago girl appeared in court Thursday afternoon. Tony Serrano and Mwenda Murithi are accused in the murder of Schanna Gayden, who was in a park when she was shot. Police say this was a gang-related shooting. Thursday, family members for one of the suspects showed up in court to support him. Prosecutors ...
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