February 2013 Archives

Former Illinois congressman faces felony charge of conspiracy

A former Illinois congressman and his wife have agreed to make guilty pleas after being accused of misusing campaign funds. A single felony charge of conspiracy has been filed against Jesse Jackson Jr. His wife has also been charged with a single count of filing a false tax return. The woman reportedly did not reveal all of their income for a period of five years. Authorities believe that the two may have schemed to misuse $750,000 on extravagant personal purchases, including watches, furs and furniture.

Illinois DUI charges may be complicated by other circumstances

Multiple charges against a person who is accused of a crime can make presenting a strong defense more difficult. When the court wants to convey the seriousness of the crime to the defendant and the community at large, they may propose longer sentences than the minimum mandated by the law. Guilty pleas and other bargaining with the court may be a tool for defendants to get reduced charges in DUI cases and show a willingness to work with the courts of Illinois. Such bargaining may work to a defendant's advantage.

Illinois teacher accused of sex crime after student relationship

An Illinois teacher is facing criminal charges after being accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. The woman has been arrested and charged with a single count of enticing a minor. She came under investigation for a sex crime after school officials were told by another student about the alleged relationship.

Illinois mother and son face several drug crime charges

An Illinois woman and her son are facing multiple drug crime charges. Although the exact details of the investigation concerning them have not been reported, they are under suspicion from both state and federal authorities. If a conviction is obtained on the drug crime charges, each could face up to 12 years in prison. Both have also been charged in another case involving the death of a woman and a conviction regarding those allegations could also result in time and fines.

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