My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

Posts Tagged ‘DUI

This “Top Cop” List: A Bad Idea

  

  

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The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) thought its “Top Cop” lists would be helpful.

In reality though, lists like these are incredibly counter-productive.  Even my prosecutor friends agree.

  

  

AAIM’s annual designation of “Top Cops” and “Top Departments” is based solely on the number of DUI arrests “scored” by each officer or department.

  

Not wise.

  

  

Result:  Officer motivation gets called into question:  “Are you trying to make the list again this year?”

“Isn’t it true that this designation is based solely on how many arrests you make, rather than convictions?”

“Does this listing help serve as motivation for you — to pull drivers over more often than your colleagues?”

  

  

  

Scott Ealy

  

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July 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

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Calling No Witnesses?

  
  
  

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As courtroom action came to a halt Tuesday in the case against Rod Blagojevich, speculation began to emerge that the former Governor’s defense would “rest” . . . without calling a single witness to testify.

  

That’s an unusual tactic, but occasionally it’s a tactic that works – as longtime residents of South – Central Illinois may recall.

  

In 1993, jurors in Effingham County found a Shumway businessman not guilty on a felony charge of bribery.  The defense called no witnesses in the highly-publicized case — after vigorous cross-examination of witnesses presented by the prosecution.

  

The defendant’s representation was handled by Anton R. Valukas, a partner in the prestigious Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Official court records of the case have been expunged.

  

  

Anton Valukas

  

  

[Note:  I personally have employed the “no witnesses” defense strategy sparingly, but as recently as July of 2011 in a felony DUI matter (after this post was originally published).  My client, too, was found “Not Guilty.”  It was a very unusual case].

 

 

 

Scott Ealy

 

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July 21, 2010 at 5:50 am

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