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New Department of Justice report refutes perception that firearm violence has increased

This week, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report on “Firearm Violence, 1993-2001,” https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fv9311.pdf, which seemingly refutes the public’s perception regarding firearm violence. The report indicated that both firearm related homicides and non-fatal firearm crimes are significantly down during the time period examined. The report was primarily based on the Bureau […]

Appointments

This week, I was notified that I have been reappointed to the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Standing Committee on Women and the Law and the Criminal Justice Section Council. I have been a long-time member of these committees and council and am completing a two-year appointment as Chair of […]

Chairing last meeting as Illinois State Bar Association’s Chair of Standing Committee for Continuing Legal Education

This morning, I will chair the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education’s spring meeting. For two years, it has been my pleasure to serve in this position. The Illinois State Bar Association is one of the premier providers of continuing legal education. During my tenure as chair, the CLE committee has […]

Purported court closing due to inclement weather

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has posted that all court proceedings have been cancelled today in the Second Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County due to flooding. As of this posting, the Circuit Court’s website does not mention any closings. Should you have a case scheduled for the Skokie courthouse, please contact […]

The United States Supreme Court issues decision on warrantless blood draw in DUI case

Today, the United States Supreme Court, in Missouri V. McNeely, 569 U.S. __ (No. 11-1425)(2013), ruled that absent exigent circumstances, police officers must request search warrants to forcibly draw blood from persons who they have probable cause to believe have been driving under the influence of alcohol. The Court rejected a request for a per […]

Attending ISBA Criminal Justice Section Council Meeting

This morning I will attend the Illinois State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council meeting. Participating in bar association councils and committees allows this firm to stay current on criminal justice issues as well as pending legislation. As a chair of other bar committees and former bar association president and leader, I have helped influence […]

Cell phone ban to go into effect at 26th and California

Yesterday, Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced that on Monday, April 15, no electronic communications and internet devices will be allowed at the felony courthouse at 26th and California. The ban was initially announced earlier this year but enforcement was postponed. The Court indicated that the ban will be extended […]

United States Supreme Court Rules Taking a Drug-Sniffing Dog onto a House Porch is Impermissible Search

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Florida v. Jardines, 569 U.S. _ (No. 11-564) (2013), that taking a drug-sniffing dog on a private person’s porch was a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution as it was an impermissible search unsupported by probable cause. In Jardines, the Miami-Dade Police Department […]

Justice Department Report on Background Checks for Firearm Transfers

The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the United States Department of Justice recently published a report “Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2010-Statistical Tables,” which can be found at https://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/bcft10st.pdf. The report analyzes the data of the 118 million applications for firearm transfers or permits that have been subject to background checks since the Brandy Handgun […]

Casimir Pulaski Day

Today, the Circuit Court of Cook County is closed in celebration of Casimir Pulaski Day. Most, if not all, of the collar county courthouses are open. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 [email protected] www.lorilevinlaw.com

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