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Is It Ethical for Attorneys to Record Telephone Conversations?

By Alberto Bernabe on Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Last year, it was widely reported that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, recorded telephone conversations with some of his clients without their knowledge. In response to the news that he was among those clients, Trump tweeted, among other things, “…inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of &…

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Investigative Alerts Deemed Unconstitutional by Appellate Court

By Emily Komp on Sunday, September 15th, 2019

For years, Chicago Police Officers have used “investigative alerts” to detain and arrest those that the Chicago Police Department suspected had committed a crime. These alerts were issued by the police department internally and came up when someone’s name was run in the police’s database.[1] Two different types of alerts existed, one titled “Investigative Alert/Probable…

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AN OVERLOOKED PROVISION OF ILLINOIS’ CANNABIS REGULATION AND TAX ACT: AN EXEMPTION TO THE SMOKE FREE ILLINOIS ACT

By Evan Kanz on Monday, August 12th, 2019

Following through on one of his biggest campaign promises, on Tuesday, June 25th, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first state to do so without a voter-approved referendum.[1] The new law, commonly known as The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (“CRTA”), takes effect on…

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The Eighth Amendment & Juveniles in Illinois

By Jamie Richardson on Thursday, July 25th, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court recently handed down a decision regarding juveniles and the Eight Amendment of the United States Constitution.[1] The Eight Amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.”[2] “Cruel and unusual punishment” seems to be straight forward but it took multiple landmark cases…

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CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION: AN OVERVIEW OF ORIGINALISM AND LIVING CONSTITUTIONALISM

By Michael Stramaglia on Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Originalists today make, interpret and enforce the law by the original meaning of the Constitution as it was originally written.[1] The original meaning is how the terms of the Constitution were commonly understood at the time of ratification.[2] Most, if not all Originalists begin their analysis with the text of the Constitution.[3] Similarly, Textualists consider…

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