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Craigslist Rape Case May have Many More Victims

April 23rd, 2013 at 8:42 pm

According to a recent story by the Chicago Tribune, a Woodstock man contacted women who were offering sex for pay on the popular website, Craigslist. There have been 5 women identified in the case so far.

TheresaCharles Oliver arranged meetings with these women, who the court identified as being prostitutes and escorts. When he met with the women, he would eventually take them to his home in Woodstock. He then became violent with the women and forced them to engage in sexual acts with him. He threatened to kill several of the women and even tied them up and confined them to his basement.

When authorities searched his home, they found evidence that there may have been as many as 25 more women who were victimized. He had copies of identification cards and cell phones that he had taken from some of the women. Authorities are now working to locate the women whose personal belongings were found in his basement to determine if he had attacked them as well. Among the incriminating items that were found in his home were also thousands of photos that he had taken of him engaging in sexual acts with these women. Law enforcement authorities report that in some of the photos, the sex appears to be consensual, while in others it was clear that the women were forced.

Rape and sexual assault are very serious criminal charges that can be met with serious consequences if the accused suspect is convicted. If you have been accused of any kind of sexual misconduct or other criminal acts, you need to retain the assistance of an aggressive and knowledgeable Illinois criminal defense attorney to represent your interests.

An attorney should be retained before you even succumb to the questioning by the police. It is within your rights to have your attorney present during any questioning so that you do not accidentally incriminate yourself.

Parolee Arrested for Neighbor’s Murder

April 19th, 2013 at 7:32 am

Prosecutors have accused Paul Johnson, 34, of breaking into his Eligin’s neighbor home with a screwdriver in order to steal a DVD player, and then stabbing the woman who lived in the home. The stabbing eventually led to her death. He has been charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and residential burglary in the March 2 death of Lisa Koziol-Ellis, 33. The victim was found by her husband when he returned home from work.

Paul Johnson 3.27.2013.Kerry. Cosley .CrimPolice told the Chicago-Tribune that someone contacted them with information that led them to arrest Johnson. According to the report, Johnson told the witness that he broke into the Ellis’ apartment with the intention of robbing them, but was confronted by Koziol-Ellis. Johnson stabbed her multiple times with a screwdriver and a knife. He left the apartment, but then returned later to try to “clean up the scene”.

Prosecutors would not comment on whether or not a $15,000 reward offered by the victim’s family led to the witness coming forward.

Court records show the defendant has had multiple arrests in both Cook and Kane counties, mostly for armed robberies. In 2000, he was sentenced to eleven years in prison for armed robbery, including a charge of robbing an Elgin motel and tying up an employee. He is currently out on parole for an armed robbery conviction from 2010. Johnson received a four year prison sentence, for which he served 1 1/2 years. He is currently being held on $5 million bail and faces up to one hundred years if he is convicted of this crime.

If you are arrested for a serious crime, you need to hire an experienced Illinois violent crimes lawyer to fight these charges and protect your rights.

Limited Cameras Allowed In Courtroom For Murder Trial

April 17th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Johnny Borizov has been charged with the first-degree murders of a Darien couple and their son. His trial, which is set to start next month at the DuPage County Courthouse, will be allowed to be filmed—with certain restrictions.

MelissaBoth prosecution and defense lawyers objected the use of cameras during the trial, but a judge overruled their concerns. However, he ordered that the cameras will have to be turned off during the testimony of the three witnesses who were in the couples’ residence while the murder took place. Additionally, the media wanted to place two video cameras and two still cameras in the courtroom, but the judge is only allowing one of each.

Lawyers are also required to inform their witnesses about the cameras before they testify. If a witness objects to either being on video or to having their photo being taken, the judge will rule on an individual basis whether they must be turned off.

A hearing is set for a week prior to the start of the trial in order to figure out the exact placement for the cameras. Since last fall, when the DuPage County Courthouse first started allowing video cameras in courtrooms, this will be the first criminal trial to actually use them. The Courts Administrator, John Lapinski, said to the Chicago Tribune in this article that “logistically, it’s just more complicated.”

Borizov is charged with convincing a friend to break into the house of Jacob and Lori Kramer, where he then shot them along with their 20-year-old son, Michael. Another son, his guest, and Angela Kramer were also in the house at the time but escaped injury.

The prosecution is claiming he did this because he was going through a bitter child custody dispute with Angela. The friend, Jacob Nodarse, has already pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the murders. He will not be videotaped, but can have still pictures taken during his testimony for the prosecution.

Being charged with a criminal offense can seriously affect your life. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Chicago or its suburbs, it is best to speak with a lawyer to discuss your options. Contact our firm in Rolling Meadows today.

 

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Truants are more likely to end up in prison

April 15th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

LucyAt least 135 of the 182 young men that have recently been locked up in Illinois’s three medium-security youth prisons used to miss school often enough that they were labeled chronic truants.

When they were booked, nearly 60% of them were reading below a third grade level.

At the Illinois Youth Center St. Charles, the largest of the three facilities,63 of the 72 youths had dropped out of school completely by the time they were incarcerated.

These figures remind us that absence from school during childhood is often one of the first warnings of criminal behavior that can be the cause of ruining young lives and burdening society with costs of street violence, welfare and prison.

The records highlight the consequences of a crisis in K-8 grade truancy in Chicago that officials have ignored for a long time, although they have promised to address it in the wake of a Tribune investigation, which found that tens of thousands of city elementary students miss at least of month of school in any given year.

Although the prison data consists of raw numbers, behind them is a rough parade of youths whose cases fill the Cook County Juvenile Court docket.

One 2011 court reported stated that a 15-year-old boy had been accused of selling $10 and $20 bags of heroin and “is not attending any school at this moment.” Court records show that he had disappeared from Chicago’s public schools two years earlier.

Superintendent of the juvenile prison schools Kyle Gaffey said, “When they are not coming to school, they are getting themselves in trouble. We have youth who’ve reported to us that they haven’t been in school since the fourth grade.”

Under Illinois law, students cannot drop out of school before age 17, but hundreds do every year.

From 1999 through 2007, about 3,000 students in grades K-8 were listed as dropouts, but in 2008, 6,525 students were listed when kids were supposed to transfer to another school, but never completed enrollment.

After 2008, Chicago officials stated that a state rule change meant that dropouts in elementary school no longer needed to be reported. The Tribune’s analysis, however, found that thousands of K-8 students were listed as “unable to locate” or “did not arrive” between 2008 and 2011.

If your child has been skipping school, or worse, has already gotten into criminal trouble, contact a family law attorney to fight for your child in court. Shaw Jacobs Goosetree & Associates can help you get your child back on the right track in St. Charles today.

Chicago Gun Laws Don’t Stop Homicides

April 8th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

AmandaHandguns have been outlawed in Chicago for may years, until 2010, when the Supreme Court decided that the ban was in violation the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.There are still no legal gun shops in the city of Chicago. This led the city leaders to have to settle for higher restrictions that were as close to actually banning the guns. Even with these high restrictions, Chicago is still one of the top cities for gun violence. In 2012, there were over 500 homicides, and in January alone, there were 40 killings.

To many citizens who want a full gun-ban in the US, Chicago proves to be a city of reference. Even with such strict gun control laws, there is still a vast amount of shootings. But for citizens who are pro-guns, they believe that the city proves that there needs to be more nationwide gun laws, rather than state-to-state or city-to-city. According to Rev. Ira J. Acree, a pastor who marched and got signatures to end shootings, said, “Chicago is like a house with two parents that may try to have good rules, but it’s like you’ve got this single house sitting on a whole block where there’s anarchy.”

Because of the different sets of laws varying from states and cities, it makes it difficult for police to find the gun violations. Not only are the laws different in each state, but also the punishments vary from jail-time to fines. Some punishments are seen as not as severe as others so many citizens do not take them seriously.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by any sort of gun violation be sure to contact a lawyer immediately. Contact an experienced Illinois Criminal Attorney to help you out.

Illinois man accused of West Lafayette burglary

March 30th, 2013 at 1:44 pm


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An Illinois man was recently accused of at least one burglary that occurred in a West Lafayette neighborhood.

At about 9:15 p.m. on Mar. 4, police were called to a home in the Arbor Chase neighborhood for a reported brick being thrown through the window. Along with the assistance from the K-9 unit if the Tippecanoe Co. Sheriff’s Office, the West Lafayette police officers set up a perimeter around the area.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Albert Goins, who was tracked down to the nearby Amberleigh Village subdivision, which was where he was arrested around 10:30 p.m. that same night

Goins has also been accused of burglarizing a home in Amberleigh Village on Jan. 30 along with throwing the brick through a window into a home in Arbor Chase of Mar. 4. According to Lt. Troy Harris from the West Lafayette Police Department (WLPD), Goins is not a resident of Amberleigh village. The address that Goins provided to the police is a University Park, Illinois address.

WLPD is also investigating four other burglaries that occurred in the Amberleigh Village neighborhood, one of which occurred on Jan. 30. The burglaries were reported first on Jan. 25 and the last one was reported in Feb.

There are detectives still working to determine whether or not Goins was involved in those other three incidents in the same neighborhood.

If you have been charged with a crime like Albert Goins has, contact an experienced criminal attorney in Rolling Meadows, Ill. today. Criminal attorney Chris Cosley will fight for you in court.

 

Gov. Pat Quinn says street crime is priority to fight

March 27th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

LucyGov.  Pat Quinn recently told congregants of a prominent Chicago church that fighting street violence is a priority and his proposed budget will help to address the problem.

“We’re never going to give up. We’re never going to let the gangbangers take over!” Quinn shouted from the pulpit to the attendants at Greater St. John Bible Church.

This speech was not schedules for the  governor, however, it came only days after the Chicago Democrat delivered what he said was the most difficult budget that the state has ever faced as Republicans and even some fellow Democrats are talking of challenging him in 2014.

Quinn’s new budget contains more money in some areas of public health, including new cadet classes for Illinois State Police and $25 million for mental health care, and huge cuts in education. The governor also spoke about his efforts to retain money for early education and increases for mental health.

This extra stop is most likely a preview of Quinn’s coming months as he prepares for a potential primary challenge and he offered a glimpse of his spirited campaign persona. He frequently quoted the bible at the church and spoke without notes to play to his crowd, which was made up mostly of black families from Chicago’s West side.

During his visit, he mentioned last year’s killing of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton, who was shot by a stray bullet as she was selling snow cones in her neighborhood, which isn’t too far from Quinn’s Chicago home. Her death was one of over 500 murders in 2012, which was higher than years passed.

Quinn said, “Little Heaven’s up in heaven today. We better take good care of our babies.”

The Illinois governor is cracking down on crimes more than ever before, so if you have been charged with a crime, you’ll need a good defense attorney. Contact Chris Cosley and attorneys in Rolling Meadows for a great criminal lawyer today.

Chicago Man Ends Up in Prison for Selling Drugs

March 24th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

LeeviA 21-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for selling drugs to undercover Naperville police, according to a recent story in the Naperville Sun. Jermaine N. Moore was found guilty of a Class 1 felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance on February 25. Drug charges should always be taken seriously. An experienced criminal defense attorney can significantly improve your chances of achieving success in the courtroom.

Moore and his sister, Kymtika D. Moore, were arrested two years ago. The arrest took place in a parking lot near McDowell Road and Route 59 on the city’s far northwest side. According to police, the arrests were made by a special police unit ending a month-long investigation concerning Moore’s criminal activities in Naperville.

Police said Moore was arrested “after he brought approximately 20 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $4,000 to sell in Naperville.” Kymtika Moore helped her brother by driving him to and from the locations where the drugs were sold. She was sentenced “to four days in DuPage County Jail on a charge of unlawful possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine” in December 2011. In addition, she was placed on two years of probation, had to serve 15 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, and had to pay $1,370 in fines and legal costs.

If you have been charged with drug possession or another drug crime, it is in your best interests to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will defend your rights and make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Contact an Illinois drug charges attorney as soon as possible.

 

Transit Officials Concerned Over Concealed Weapon Law Passing

March 21st, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Millions of people rely on public transportation – buses, subways, L-trains, trains. Chicago is known for their transit system and its efficiency and mass usage. Diverse people utilize all forms to get to work, home, play and for tourism. As a relatively safe option for moving around town, what would happen if weapons were allowed on these transportation systems?

The Chicago Transit spoke to legislators to reassess the concealed weapon law for transit systems. They mentioned a bad mix of people who are drunk, violent and hot headed could lead to more violence. Chicago is already on the rise for murders just two months into 2013, and officials are concerned that if anyone can carry a concealed weapon on board public transportation, it would bring about more problems.

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Legislators are looking at a variety of options as Illinois is the only state left to make a decision on the concealed weapon law. From full on out permission to carry the concealed weapons to only in specific areas, Illinois is faced with making a clear and concise decision. Supporters believe it will give people a chance to protect themselves; others believe it will just cause more trouble.

Until the concealed weapon law is clarified, you must know your rights and what you can and cannot do for protection. Your safety is extremely important but how you handle weapons to protect yourself is crucial. Know the law. If you have any questions or need representation, contact an Illinois criminal attorney who can share with you the safety and criminal aspects of concealed weapons.

 

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Cyberbullying Teachers Now Crime For Students

March 18th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

ChristineWe all have had a teacher, or two, who we just could not stand. Yes, we might have said a mean thing or two, but did to take it to the internet? Make fake accounts to humiliate those teachers? Spread awful rumors that could potentially harm their career and even harm their families?

North Carolina legislators have said students bullying educators has reached its limit. Harassing, intimidating, or tormenting teachers online has now become against the law. For example, posting pictures of teachers stating they are pedophiles, homosexuals, violent individuals. Also, setting up fake online accounts such as Twitter and posting things as if they were stating things is illegal as well. The law states that it is not allowed to create fake profiles for teachers; however, it is a crime to post real images or make any sort of statement online, true or not. If caught, students could spend up to one month in jail and pay up to $1,000 fee.

The ACLU of North Carolina says the law is too broad, making it too harsh for someone who just might make a dumb mistake. Being punished for speaking out on any government official restricts the First Amendment Right of freedom of speech making it according to some legal experts another way to criminalize speech.

Regardless, of the opinion of legal experts, no one deserves to be bullied, harassed or tormented. If you have been accused of bullying online you have rights as well. If you are in a situation where you are, please find a criminal lawyer who will be able to stand up for your rights and work for your freedom. A criminal defense attorney in Illinois will be able to assist you.

 

 

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