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Validity of Bloodstain Patterns Called into Question

Judges and juries are often swayed by what they think is the scientific reliability of the so-called "forensic sciences" such as analysis of handwriting, fingerprints, hair, bite marks, and blood spatter patterns. No wonder. It can be very impressive when people who claim to be experts in forensic science fields testify as to their conclusions about evidence that supposedly links an accused suspect to a crime. However, while some evidence (such as from DNA) can be extremely accurate, there are limitations to many areas of forensic science, and tools such as bloodstain patterns can be flawed. In fact, appeals due to...

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Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery.  It involves recruiting, harboring, moving or obtaining a person, by force, fraud or coercion, for the purposes of involuntary servitude, debt bondage or sexual exploitation. Illinois is particularly vulnerable to human trafficking because Chicago has the highest volume of arriving immigrants in the Midwest.  Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is a main point of entry for trafficking victims. The experienced criminal law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., recognize that human trafficking is a serious crime, and we represent and advise clients who may be caught up in this vicious web. EXAMINING HUMAN TRAFFICKING Human trafficking has...

A criminal charge of any type can have a direct impact your life, starting with your freedom. It can also impact your driving privileges, work opportunities and personal relationships. One of the best ways to effectively confront accusations of a crime is by seeking a case evaluation as soon as possible after an arrest. If you are facing an assault charge, you need a defense strategy that protects your well being and long-term interests. Assault charges should be handled by a lawyer who knows how to properly and effectively navigate these sensitive cases. Assault charges may be filed against someone who verbally threatens a person with...

Upon examination of the circumstances, Illinois authorities have ruled that the recent death of a 5-year-old girl was murder. At this point, the stepmother and biological father are under investigation in connection with the homicide. According to the report, the little girl died from internal injuries suffered through blunt force trauma. Due to physical signs, such as bruises and cigarette burns, law enforcement believes that the stepmother and father may have been abusive and neglectful. The girl was under the custody of her father at the time of her death because the mother had previously been accused of neglect by the Illinois Department...

In the days before DNA testing became an integral part of criminal investigations and defenses, the chances of an innocent person being convicted of a crime were higher. Some of those innocent people were granted the opportunity to clear their names once DNA testing became reliable. One of those people is a man who spent approximately 20 years in the Illinois prison system for violent crimes that the courts now say he did not commit. In 1992, an 11-year-old girl was raped and murdered. The man in question was convicted not once, but three times for the sexual assault and stabbing...

No matter what the charges may be, a defendant always has the right to confront the charges with a criminal defense. When facing charges of assault and battery in Illinois, it is particularly important to exercise your right to a defense due to the serious nature of potential consequences. With the right approach, it is possible to successfully defend yourself and avoid a conviction. If you have been charged with assault and battery, it is important to understand that these are actually two different charges. Assault pertains to any verbal threats against another person, while battery refers to any actual physical harm done. If you are...

An Illinois man is facing an assault charge after he supposedly attacked a child who rode his daughter's bus. The assault charge stems from an incident during which the man got on the bus to confront a child who was supposedly bullying his daughter. The man was arrested after he turned himself in to law enforcement. According to the report, the man boarded the bus and grabbed the alleged bully by his jacket. People who witnessed the attack said that the man threatened to strike the boy with a belt if he did not cease the bullying. The exact nature of the...

In August of 1982, a couple was shot to death as they sat on a Chicago park bench. A man was charged, and the state ultimately gained a murder conviction. He was sentenced to death and spent 16 years on death row. The twists and turns of this case have resulted in Illinois abolishing the death penalty. Just days before the man was scheduled to be executed, another man came forward and purportedly confessed to committing the murders. As a result, the first man was freed from prison. The second man was convicted and sentenced to serve 37 years. This sentence was pronounced several years...

Illinois readers will be familiar with a recent news story in which an elderly woman was stabbed while shopping in a Homewood grocery store. The violent crimesincident has been widely covered, as has the arrest of the man police assert is responsible for the violent attack. The 26-year-old is now charged with attempted murder and will soon appear in court to respond to that charge as well as hate crime charges. The case remains under investigation, but reports indicate that the 79-year-old woman was shopping in a popular suburban grocery store on a recent Friday morning when she was attacked. She...

A woman who has been a ward of the state is facing an uphill battle. The 20-year-old Illinois woman was charged with homicide after she was accused of killing her roommate. She was taken from her adoptive parents after it was determined that she was being abused as a child. The woman has lived at four different homes in the last five years while being a part of the child-welfare system. In recent months, she became involved in an argument with her roommate and left the apartment. She returned after a few hours and reportedly stabbed her roommate to death. Based...

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