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Hot Summers and Homicides – Does Weather Impact Crime?

There’s a common perception that hot weather drives up crimes like homicides in big cities. However, while hot summers tend to see more crimes, not all types of offenses are susceptible to temperature changes. A study in The Chicago Tribune looked at police data from the start of 2012 to June 2017. It took 1.5 million incidents into account, including drug charges, larcenies, and shootings and correlated them Read More

More than 5,000 Illegal Guns Are Seized in Chicago

Hopes that gun crime is being brought under control on the streets of Chicago are challenged by the number of guns seized. This year, Chicago police officers seized nearly 5,200 guns off the streets - about 100 more than this time last year, CBS Chicago reported. However, the figure does not automatically mean more gun crimes are being committed. Officials with the Chicago Police Department say Chicago’s Read More

Outrage over Federal Plans to Increase Asset Forfeiture

Asset forfeiture is one of the most controversial aspects of the criminal justice system. It allows property to be seized before a defendant is convicted or even charged in some cases. After a retreat from use of the practice in recent years, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has promised the Department of Justice will seek to increase the use of asset forfeiture by state and local police forces. Asset forfeiture Read More

Chicago Lyft Driver is Latest Ride Sharing Driver to be Charged with Rape

Ride hailing services have expanded rapidly across the country in recent years. However, concerns about the behavior of drivers have also come to the fore following sexual assault prosecutions. Recently in Chicago, a Lyft driver was arrested on July 19 on charges of zip-tying and raping a 25-year-old woman at knifepoint in his vehicle. A report on NBC noted Angelo McCoy, a 48-year-old driver from South Sawyer Read More

Man Sentenced to 10 Years Over Shooting At Correctional Officer in River West Bar

A man who fired at least twice at a now deceased Cook County correctional officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Mario “Booty” Orta pleaded guilty to the shooting in River West in 2015, reported the Sun Times. The media report showed surveillance video played a major part in the prosecution. The video showed he fired at least twice at the correctional officer. The bullets did not hit the Read More

Report Finds New Technology is Failing Criminal Defendants

New technology has had an impact on the criminal justice system as much as every other walk of life. However, the impact of automation has not always been positive for the defendant. In a recent article, the New York Times reported on how computer programs are keeping some defendants in jail. The private ownership of many of the systems used in the criminal justice system is the root of the Read More

Fraudster is Sentenced to 70 Months for Scam on Girlfriend’s Family

Scams can involve big businesses or they can occur closer to home when victims don’t suspect it. Recently in Chicago, a fraudster was sentenced to 70 months in jail for a massive scam on his girlfriend’s family. The Sun Times reported Randall Rye won the trust and heart of his girlfriend and her family for more than two years. The California-based family of Jacqueline Dittrich believed she had met her future Read More

Former Melrose Park Cop is Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

Drug trafficking is a not a rare offense in Chicago, but it’s unusual for police officers to be involved in the drug trade. However, in a recent case, a decorated former police officer was convicted of selling drugs stolen from the evidence room. A report in the Sun Times noted Gregory Salvi, once a decorated Melrose Park police officer, sold drugs he stole from the evidence room. The indictment said he offered Read More

Trump Resumes Attack on Escalating Chicago Crime

President Donald Trump has resumed his attack over escalating Chicago crime accusing the city’s officials of not doing enough to fight it. Trump criticized Chicago in a speech in Ohio in July. After not mentioning crime in the city for a month, he returned to the offensive in Youngstown. Trump told a crowd at the event. “This month in Chicago, there have been more than two homicide victims per day — what the Read More

Hate Crimes Hit a High in Chicago

Hate crimes are rising in Chicago but the official figures may only represent the tip of the iceberg, according to experts. Chicago police charged people with 39 hate crimes in the first half of 2017, putting the city on course to surpass a previous high of 73 in 2016, reported DNAInfo. Information obtained via the Freedom of Information Act revealed the Chicago Police Department classified 362 offenses as hate Read More