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All Eyes on Mexico While Smugglers Flock to the Northern Border

Rhetoric and politics have held America's attention firmly to the south. Our shared border with Mexico, while closely guarded, is an all-too-common avenue for illicit activity. The trafficking of ...
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Is the American Criminal Justice System Racist?

Black Americans are much more likely to be incarcerated than white Americans. They're more likely to be pulled over, too. And arrested. And when they do get arrested, their sentences tend to be ...
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Why do the Majority of Chicago's Violent Crimes Go Unsolved?

Over the past year, Chicago has seen more than its fair share of violence and heartbreak. January through August saw the murder rate rise a staggering fifty per cent. And the vast majority of those ...
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Was an Illinois Daycare Worker Wrongly Convicted of Murder?

A former daycare worker, convicted of murder in the 2009 death of a toddler under her care, may have the verdict reversed on her guilt. Melissa Calusinski, who was only 22 at the time of the alleged ...
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White House Concludes Bite Mark Analysis is Unscientific

The criminal justice system aims to be representative of the ultimate in fairness. A determinant of truth, beacon of righteousness. Defending the innocent from painful subjugation. Sentencing the ...
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Chicago's Crime Algorithm Could Be Damaging to People It's Meant to Help

Chicago's Crime Algorithm Could Be Damaging to People It's Meant to Help In 2013, Chicago announced a controversial new way to help solve their crime problem. Called the Strategic Subjects ...
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FBI Child Pornography Sting Defies Legal Norms

The FBI stands accused of intentionally distributing child pornography. Between February 20th and March 4th, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation ran a “dark web” child porn site ...
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Chicago Crime Decreases with Concealed Carry Permits

Earlier in 2014, Illinois began offering concealed carry permits. With the rise in applications for the permit, the number of crimes in Chicago have dropped. Crime Decrease Numbers Compared with the ...
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Charged with Domestic Violence in Chicago?

About Illinois Domestic Battery Charges A crime of battery is when someone inflicts purposeful physical harm on another person, or tries to provoke violence through contact (this could be as simple as ...
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Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases in Illinois

Each state has its own laws that govern how long a state has to begin a criminal case after a crime has been committed. Some crimes, such as murder, do not have any statute of limitations. It does not ...
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Lake County Judge Affirms DUI Conviction

Defendant Convicted in "Huffing" Trial Will Still Face Sentencing This past May, a 20-year-old driver was convicted of aggravated DUI in a bench trial for huffing computer cleaner before she ...
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What It Means to Face an Aggravated Battery Charge in Illinois

Assault is the charge that comes against anyone who has threatened to inflict immediate physical violence. Battery is when physical contact is meant to antagonize someone, such as a push, or when ...
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Cook County Police Arrest Man for Not Paying His Taxi Driver

Thursday, May 8, a man was arrested on charges related to his allegedly not paying a taxi driver for a drive that was worth $80. The 24-year-old suspect has been charged with misdemeanor theft for ...
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Teen Under House Arrest in Cook County for Gun Charges

Thursday, May 8, a teen was ordered under house arrest by a Cook County judge. The 17-year-old boy is looking at charges that include weapon crimes such as unlawful possession of a firearm and ...
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Illinois Teacher Accused of Making Bomb Threat

As of Tuesday, May 6, a special education teacher suspected of issuing bomb threats to her school is set to be evaluated for competency, pending a federal judge's decision. Allegedly, this high ...
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DUI Marijuana Charges in Chicago

While other states recognize medical marijuana, and are even changing how DUI laws are interpreted in light of marijuana's legality, no form of marijuana is legal in Illinois. This means that if ...
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Chicago Clerk Charged with Embezzlement of over $741,000

Wednesday, April 9, a City Hall clerk was arrested on charges of pilfering hundreds of thousands of dollars of permit fees from August 2008 to January 2014. Federal prosecutors are involved in the ...
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Salvage Yard Owner Arrested After Dozens of Stolen Cars Discovered at Lot

Friday, April 4, a 29-year-old Chicago man faced the felony charge of receipt, possession, and/or sale of a stolen vehicle after Chicago police said they found 44 missing vehicles at his property. ...
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Pair of Suspects in Chicago Accused of Wire Fraud and Pickpocket Scheme

A few weeks ago, a 49-year-old man and woman in her 50s, both from Chicago, were arrested and charged with wire fraud and operating a continuing criminal financial enterprise. Both Cook County and ...
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Two Chicago Residents Arrested for Chainsaw Thefts

Alleged members of a retail fraud ring, two people from Chicago, a 35-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman were charged with the theft of Stihl chainsaws valued at a total of about $10,000 this past ...
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Chicago Family Arrested on Charges Related to Shoplifting $7 Million Worth of Merchandise over Past Decade

Tuesday, March 4, three relatives were arrested by Secret Service agents at their house in the Chicago suburbs. The three family members are accused of stealing around $7 million in items in ...
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Illinois Man Wearing "Breaking Bad" T-Shirt Is Arrested a Second Time on Charges of Running a Meth Lab

Last week, on Monday, February 24, the Cook County Sheriff's Office was tipped off that there was a methamphetamine lab at a residence outside of LaGrange. When police arrived, they reported ...
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Eighth-Grader Arrested for Purportedly Throwing a Snowball at a Chicago Officer

Thursday, February 20, a 13-year-old boy who was waiting outside of school with several other kids was arrested when he was accused of flinging a snowball at a police officer in Chicago. The officer ...
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Chicago Man Convicted of Gun-Running Gets Maximum Federal Sentence

Tuesday, February 4, a man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his conviction of illegal firearm possession by a felon related to a gun-running operation, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. ...
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Carpentersville Man Pleads Guilty to Fourth DUI

Thursday, January 23, a man pleaded guilty to his fourth DUI charge and faces 150 days in jail plus two years of probation; if there is any violation of his probation terms, he could spend 7 years in ...
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