People v. Chapman, 2012 IL 111896 (No. 111896, 3/22/12)
The trial court’s ruling on the admissibility of other crimes evidence will not
be disturbed absent a clear abuse of discretion.
(Defendant was represented by Assistant Defender Bob Burke, Mt. Vernon.)
People v. Davis, 2012 IL App (4th) 110305 (No. 4-11-0305, 3/5/12)
Under most circumstances, the trial court’s ruling on a §2-1401 petition is
reviewed for abuse of discretion. However, de novo review is appropriate where the
petition is based on an interpretation of the Supreme Court Rules or is dismissed
without a response by the State and is therefore equivalent to a dismissal for
failing to state a cause of action.
Here, the abuse of discretion standard of review applied because neither of
the two exceptions listed above applied and because the dispute on appeal
concerned a factual issue.
BATTERY, ASSAULT & STALKING OFFENSES
People v. Hale, 2012 IL App (4th) 100949 (No. 4-10-0949, 3/29/12)
A person commits the offense of threatening a public official when that
person knowingly and willfully delivers or conveys, directly or indirectly, to a
public official by any means a communication containing a threat that would
place the public official or a member of his or her immediate family in reasonable
apprehension of immediate or future bodily harm, sexual assault, confinement or
restraint. 720 ILCS 5/12-9(a)(1)(i). A “public official” includes a law enforcement
officer. 720 ILCS 5/12-9(b)(1). When the threat is made to a law enforcement
officer, it “must contain specific facts indicative of a unique threat to the person,
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