Speaking at Police Training Unit MTU-16 Recently, I was invited to be the key-note speaker for the Tri-River Police Training Region - MTU 16 sessions of Illinois' new concealed carry law. The instructor was Darryl Stroud, Ph.D. who is a Commander of the University Park Police Department. He has served as a firearms training instructor and consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Reserve Bank-Illinois, Police Training Institute, North East … [Read more...] about Keynote Speaker at Police Training Unit MTU-16
In Part I of my discussion on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Act we covered the purpose of the Act along with the medical conditions covered by the Act. In Part II of my discussion, I covered the supply chain that Illinois will establish to control the flow of medical cannabis to the end users. The full title of the Act is "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act". In this third part, we're going to discuss the next section of the Act which covers the prohibitions on medical … [Read more...] about Illinois Medical Cannabis Act, Part III
A southern California woman was ticketed in October of last year for speeding and using Google Glass while driving. The Google Glass charge was actually for having a video device in front of the driver's headrest. It's a law designed to keep drivers from being distracted while operating a motor vehicle by prohibiting any sort of entertainment displays in the driver's vision. Basically, it's to keep people from watching movies or television programming while driving. The officer reasoned that … [Read more...] about Google Glass While Driving
The first day of 2014 saw a new Illinois cell phone law, codified at 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2. This new law will restrict the use of cell phones in vehicles beyond that in place from last year. In the past, you would be able to drive your car and use your cell phone without any sort of aid. You could hold it up to your ear, in most areas but not all, and there would be no violation. Now, you must use a hands-free device or operate your cell phone in a manner as described in the statute. Specifically, … [Read more...] about Illinois Cell Phone Law – 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2
Illinois courts have consistently condemned prosecutors injecting race into opening statements or closing arguments. However, this still seems to be an issue as evidenced in the Fifth District case of People v. Marshall, 2013 IL App (5th) 110430. In Marshall, the Defendant was charged and, subsequently, convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. Id. at ¶ 3, ¶ 10. The State produced two witnesses, Jodie Lacy and Crystal Blye, who implicated the Defendant in the victim’s murder. Id. at ¶ 4. … [Read more...] about People v. Marshall – Prosecutor’s use of race inappropriate.