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Man in DUI fatality case gets 10 days in jail and probation

An Illinois man from Park Ridge was sentenced to 10 days in jail and four years of probation for a 2013 drunk driving accident in which a cyclist was killed. The man received his sentence after he pleaded guilty to aggravated drunk driving and reckless homicide on Jan. 27.

African-Americans more likely to face wrongful convictions

A study released on March 7 found that Illinois was the state with the second-highest number of exonerations for criminal convictions in 2016. A separate study by the same researchers looked at criminal cases between 1989 and 2016 and found that African-Americans are disproportionately falsely convicted. According to the study, nearly half of the 1,900 people who were wrongly convicted of crimes, including sexual assault, drug charges, and murder, were African-American. This is three times higher than the proportion of African-Americans in the general population. African-Americans are seven times more likely to face a wrongful murder conviction compared to white Americans and 12 times more likely to be convicted of drug crimes.

Traffic stops and medical marijuana

In the state of Illinois, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is legal. In order for people to be authorized to use the drug, they must register with the Illinois Department of Public Health. The IDPH will provide them with an identification card, and a notation will be made on their driving record so that the authorities are aware that they can legally use marijuana.

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