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13 Jul, 2019

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

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Prohibition is over, as Rep. Jeehan Gordan Booth proclaimed. Finally. Expungments for old convictions are automatic, and the law becomes in effect 1-1-2020. https://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-marijuana-law-signed-by-pritzker-takes-effect-january-1-2020-/5362982/

10 May, 2019

Jonathan Kelly sentenced to 75 years for murder in Knox County.

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A jury convicted Kelly in February, 2019, despite the defense counsel's attempt to persuade the jury that the government's case was not reliable. A second shooter theory was not believed. Today, Kelly received a 75 year sentence for the murder of Jenni McGruder. For full article, see https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190510/jonathan-kelly-gets-75-years-in-murder-of-jenni-mcgruder

10 May, 2019

Collins sentenced to 95 years for murder of Tommie Forest III in Peoria County

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April 30, 2019, Alex Collins, one of several codefendants in the murder of Tommie Forest III, was sentenced to 95 years for murder, after a bench trial in front of Judge John Vespa. He will appeal the finding and sentence. Codefendant Sam Clay awaits his trial. He has been detained since October, 2015, also for [...]

10 May, 2019

Kirk Zimmerman acquitted in Bloomington, McLean County murder case

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Why was he acquitted? He had a great lawyer. The lawyer repeatedly challenged the circumstantial portion of the government's case and the reliability of the scientific evidence related to testing of gunshot residue and cell tower tracking of Zimmerman's car. All this according to the Herald & Review. See full article: https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/crime-and-courts/not-guilty-mclean-county-jury-acquits-kirk-zimmerman-of-killing/article_153d7116-a7ec-55fe-8d42-5c38fe69359b.html

8 Mar, 2019

Say no to pot brownies

By | March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Say no to pot brownies

Hey Johnny... get in here. There is something I want to tell you. Do you know that if you get caught with pot brownies, the state weighs the entire pan of brownies to determine the amount of grams to which to charge you. Could be a felony charge! Yes, butter, flour, eggs, sugar... all count [...]

7 Oct, 2018

Chillicothe police to start using body cameras

By | October 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chillicothe police to start using body cameras

Body cams are a good thing -- if they work.  You'd be surprised how many of those just didn't seem to be working when a defendant's attorney really needs to get her hands on the footage! http://www.pjstar.com/news/20181004/chillicothe-police-to-begin-using-body-cameras-friday

24 Aug, 2018

Peoria refuses to prosecute Pekin defendant cleared of kidnapping

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Peoria County State's Attorney will not pursue charges against a Kewanee man who was recently cleared of kidnapping in Tazewell County. In June in Tazewell County, though facing as many as 14 years for convictions on two felony counts of domestic battery — and despite a police record including another domestic-battery conviction — a judge [...]

23 Aug, 2018

Law Offices of Maureen Williams is 25 today!

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Today, The Law Offices of Maureen Williams celebrates 25 years of leveling the playing field in criminal matters.

23 Aug, 2018

Cell phone & texting laws

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Recent legislation makes it a moving violation to text and drive. If you are accused of texting while driving, call The Law Offices of Maureen Williams. Cell phone, texting news: The governor has signed into law state Rep. John D’Amico’s plan to make all offenses relating to electronic communications devices moving violations. Currently, first offenders [...]

10 Dec, 2014

Gov Quinn works on backlog of clemency petitions

By | December 10th, 2014|clemency or pardon petitions|Comments Off on Gov Quinn works on backlog of clemency petitions

Good news. Governor Quinn is attempting to decrease the backlog of clemency petitions that stacked up during the former governor's tenure. Even better news-- one in three petitions is granted! Prior thought was that only 2% of petitions were granted. http://www.cleanrecordillinois.com/blog/governor-quinn-decides-on-311-clemency-petitions-in-advance-of-thanksgiving