Saturday, May 4, 2013
A Caribbean music record company owner has a drug dog's lack of punctuality to thank for getting him out of a felony pot charge, but he still couldn't get his marijuana back.
Martin Scott was looking at a possible 30-year prison sentence after a police dog found pot in the trunk of his car back in September 2011. But a Cook County judge decided this week that the 41 minutes a state trooper made Scott wait for the dog to show up was too long, and ruled that the marijuana could not be used as evidence against him. Without that evidence, prosecutors decided to drop the case. Scott, 52, said he is the owner of Kingston, Jamaica, based UIM Records. He also said he obtained his marijuana legally in California and asked if he could have it back. He was refused. Scott left the Markham courthouse a happy—and free—man, and strolled away puffing on his electronic cigarette. Not too many other people written about last …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The judge for the Hickory Street double murder case doesn't want anyone talking.
The Hickory Street double murder case took a surprising twist this week when one of the defense lawyers complained about stories in Patch and the judge ordered the attorneys involved not to talk to the media. Will County Judge Gerald Kinney also sealed the file for the case against accused killers Adam Landerman, 19, Joshua Miner, 24, Alisa Massaro, 18, and Bethany McKee, also 18. The four were charged with murdering Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, in Massaro's house on Hickory Street in Joliet. Judge Kinney said he wants both defense attorneys and prosecutors to investigate who allegedly leaked police reports. The judge said he will revisit the issue on March 11. Here's what else was going on in the area's courthouses last week…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
In the weekly Court Supervision story: Drew Peterson was in court last week trying to get a new trial, and there were a few other people with cases too.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Drew Peterson was in court last week trying to get a new trial, and there were a few other people with cases too.
Drew Peterson was brought into a courtroom packed with reporters and had a hearing to set the date for another hearing to see if he can have a do-over of his murder trial. That was the biggest thing going on at the Will County Courthouse last week, but it wasn't the only thing. Let's look at what else was going on in the week that was:
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Will County Judge Joseph Polito told the Illinois Courts Commission Thursday that his habit did not affect his job or any judicial ruling he made.
Will County Judge Joseph Polito admitted to a nearly lifelong addiction to porn Thursday when addressing the Illiniois Courts Commission in an effort to keep his judicial position. Polito, of Joliet, is quoted in an online Chicago Sun-Times story as being shamed by the revelation that he was viewing pornography on his computer while at work, but that it did not affect his performance as a judge. The addiction began when he was a child, Polito said, and he is now receiving professional help, attends a Sexuality Anonymous support group twice weekly and hasn’t used porn in more than a year, according to the story. “I used pornography as a crutch to deal with my feelings of inadequacy,” he told the commission. “For 60 years this was an inner …