Archive for June 2012

An awful law on Illinois child support

An awful law on Illinois child support
          I don’t believe in the term “father’s rights.”  I also don’t believe in the term “mother’s rights.”  In my opinion they are just marketing words designed to prey on the fears of scared people in vulnerable situations. That said, there are laws that are ridiculous and hurt both fathers and... Read more »

DUIs, Roadside Breath Tests and Mike Ditka’s Son

DUIs, Roadside Breath Tests and Mike Ditka’s Son
There are two types of breath tests you might be given if the police suspect you of drinking and driving. One is a portable test, which they might give you when they pull you over, also known as a breathalyzer. The other is a test given back at the police station. This second test is... Read more »

A new way to scam lawyers

A new way to scam lawyers
Desperate times make people act, well, desperate.  We all get e-mail scams from people looking to get you to send them money or allow them access to your computer files.  But some crooks in Chicago are scamming lawyers and doing it to their face. The basic scam is that a person calls up a personal... Read more »
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Sometimes People Plead Guilty and Are Innocent

Sometimes People Plead Guilty and Are Innocent
Why would someone plead guilty if they’re not? One reason is to avoid the worst case scenario – the maximum sentence. When you make a deal, you generally get a lesser sentence in exchange for your guilty plea. Even if you didn’t commit the crime, some attorneys say it’s better to take a deal, especially... Read more »

South Park 1, What What in the Butt 0

South Park 1, What What in the Butt 0
The creator of a popular YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbGkxcY7YFU) with over 47 million hits recently sued the show South Park for copying its video. Seeing as it’s a music video about anal sex, it’s no surprise that it showed up on an episode of South Park. The video’s creator argued it was copyright infringement. Judges disagreed.... Read more »

Illinois is #1 (in wrongful convictions)

Illinois is #1 (in wrongful convictions)
A recent report shows that Illinois has exonerated more defendants than any other state in the country – more than 100 in the past 20 years or so. Illinois overturned these convictions because the defendants were eventually proven innocent, even after some spent decades in prison for the crimes they didn’t commit. The high concentration... Read more »
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Ban Guns, Not Sodas

Ban Guns, Not Sodas
              You’ve probably heard that that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban Big Gulps and other oversized sugary drinks.  I don’t drink pop unless it’s mixed with rum or vodka and can get through my day without any caffeine so if this bill were to happen in... Read more »

Panhandlers sue Chicago

Panhandlers sue Chicago
Nine panhandlers are suing the city in federal court, claiming that their rights are being violated. They allege that police officers routinely shoo them off Michigan Avenue, intimidating them by telling them that it’s illegal to beg there. The panhandlers apparently have evidence – photos and video – of officers telling them this. And I’m... Read more »
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