K-Pop singer Hwanhee charged with DUI

From Korea Joongang Daily:

Hwanhee, a member of veteran pop duo Fly to the Sky, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol on Saturday.

Yongin Seobu Police Station said Hwanhee, whose real name is Hwang Yoon-seok, was booked without physical detention for drunk driving.

The 38-year-old singer was questioned by police after his Mercedes-Benz hit a Hyundai Avante sedan that was changing lanes on a road in Yongin, south of Seoul, around 6 a.m. An insurance agent dispatched to the scene reported the accident to police, suspecting that Hwanhee had been drinking.

Police said the singer’s blood alcohol level was 0.061 percent, which is enough to warrant the revocation of his driver’s license.

Police said Hwanhee admitted to drinking and driving, adding that he will summoned next week to talk about the DUI accident.

Hwanhee’s management agency, H2media, later released a statement apologizing for Hwanhee’s drunk driving, saying that the singer will fully comply with the police investigation and will accept punishment.

Unlike Illinois, where the “legal limit” for a DUI is 0.08, Korea recently reduced its limit to from 0.06 to 0.03.

Boxer Adrien Broner charged with DUI

From TMZ:

TMZ Sports first reported on Friday night the former four-division world champion was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) about 8:45 p.m. local time in Miami Beach, Fla.

Broner was being held in a Miami-Dade County jail, where the bond was set at $1,000. It is unknown if Broner has been released as the county search record hadn’t been updated at the time of publication.

The outlet also obtained the police report, which stated officers were informed of Broner being passed out inside his Rolls-Royce SUV that had the engine running in the middle of traffic. When the cops approached the vehicle, Broner was “unconscious, but breathing”. They tried to bang on the window but ultimately had to shake it to wake him. A groggy Broner woke up, and police shifted the car into park.

A field sobriety test was conducted. Broner failed and was subsequently arrested.

This is the second time the 30-year-old Broner was sent to jail in the last three weeks. On Feb. 21 in Las Vegas, the day before Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder 2, Broner was charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing.

DuPage, Lake Counties follow Cook County’s lead and (mostly) shut down court. Also Secretary of State and Federal Court

After holding off until this afternoon, both DuPage and Lake Counties announced today that they will suspend most court operations beginning tomorrow, March 17th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The order in DuPage County is in effect until April 17th and in Lake until further notice.

As with other courts, there will still be some cases heard, particularly bond court and emergency motions.  Both DuPage and Lake will provide courtrooms for cases where there are speedy trial demands (where the parties cannot agree on a continuance).  Also, DuPage will continue to hold court for arraignments.

The full order can be found on the DuPage County Court website.

Lake County’s order can be found on its website.

Federal Court is also slowing down.  Here is a link to the Northern District of Illinois’ site where you can get all the information.

Also, I am told that the Secretary of State will not be conducting any hearings until at least April 1st.

Free Agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrested for third DUI

From Bleacher Report:

Free-agent NFL tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested Monday and charged with DUI in Gig Harbor, Washington, the city where he played high school football.

TMZ Sports reported the news Saturday and noted Seferian-Jenkins also faces counts of driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

It’s the third DUI arrest for the 27-year-old University of Washington product.

In 2013, Seferian-Jenkins was sentenced to one day in jail after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge before his final season of college football with the Huskies.

He was also arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI in 2016.

Seferian-Jenkins told ESPN’s Rich Cimini in 2017 he’d attended an outpatient rehab program because of his use of alcohol to deal with “dormant issues”:

Update: Kane County Courthouse to scale back most cases until Mid-April

From Kane County Court:

For Immediate Release Date:

March 16, 2020

Kane County Court Operations Scaled Back Due to Coronavirus

Clint Hull, Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Kane County, has ordered that most criminal and civil cases be continued to dates after April 17, 2020. This decision was made in order to protect the health and safety of the general public and courthouse employees and made after consultation with the Presiding Judges and offices of the County Board, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, Court Services, Circuit Clerk, and representatives of the private bar.

The Kane County Courthouse (100 South Third Street, Geneva), Kane County Judicial Center (37W777 Route 38, St. Charles), and Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (37W655 Route 38, St. Charles) will remain open to hear those cases deemed essential and any emergency motions. Essential cases include but are not limited to in-custody criminal cases, order of protection hearings, juvenile delinquency, juvenile abuse and neglect, and emergency matters.

The Aurora Branch Court (1200 East Indian Trial Road, Aurora), Elgin Branch Court (150 Dexter Court, Elgin), and Kane County Branch Court (530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles) will be closed through Friday, April 17, and re-open Monday, April 20, 2020. All bond call matters that were previously heard at the Aurora and Elgin Branch Courts will be heard at the Kane County Judicial Center until April 20, 2020.

Courts take action to prevent spread of Coronavirus

As I sat in court the other day, in a packed courtroom filled with coughing and sneezing people (including myself and the judge), I received a message from another attorney that there was a rumor spreading about a member of the bench being diagnosed with COVID-19.  This rumor is still unconfirmed, but still, the idea that the courts would remain open in the midst of this spreading pandemic, was quite aggravating.  People feel compelled to appear in court, to avoid a warrant, a default judgment, having their case dismissed or some other bad legal outcome, and keeping the courts open means that those people will feel the need to come to court.  Some of them (perhaps unknowingly) will have the virus, and others will catch the virus, and then spread it throughout the rest of our community at large.  It is for these reasons that health experts have implored authorities to shut down large gatherings.

Even with our schools and major sports leagues shutting down, courts were still punishing people for failing to appear.  On Friday, I sat in a Chicago misdemeanor courtroom where a judge was issuing warrants.

Finally, some action has been taken.  Cook County has announced that it will suspend most court activities beginning Tuesday March 17th, through April 15th.

From Chief Judge Timothy Evans:

Many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County will be postponed for a 30-day period starting Tuesday (March 17) due to the spread of the coronavirus, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced today.

Court operations will proceed as scheduled on Monday (March 16). The 30-day period runs from March 17 through April 15….

No jury trials in criminal or civil matters will begin in the 30 days. Individuals who have been summoned to jury duty from March 17 through April 15 should not report for jury duty. They will receive a new date for service.

Grand jury proceedings will continue during the 30 days, and the proceedings may be held in courtrooms to provide more space and distance between people. Individuals who are currently serving in grand jury proceedings must report to court.

For all adult criminal cases, all trials and many hearings scheduled for the 30 days are postponed to a future date. Hearings that will proceed in the 30 days include bail hearings, arraignments and preliminary hearings. In addition, defendants may continue to enter into plea agreements to conclude their case. Any pretrial defendant may also request a bail review during this time.

In addition, for the 30 days, low-risk and medium-risk adults on probation do not need to meet with their probation officer in person. Probation officers have contacted clients to inform them that they will schedule meetings to be held either via video conferencing or phone conversation. Clients deemed high-risk will still be required to report to their probation officers in person.

All traffic and misdemeanor matters scheduled in the 30 days are postponed to a future date.

For delinquency and criminal proceedings involving juveniles, the only matters that will occur during the 30 days are demands for trial and detention hearings that determine if a juvenile is held in custody while the case is pending.

Judges will hear cases of child abuse or neglect in which the state seeks protective custody of a child, and judges will hear emergency motions in which children are allegedly abused in foster care.

For domestic violence matters, petitioners may seek orders of protection during the 30 days.Litigants may also seek an order of protection related to an existing civil domestic relations case (such as dissolution of marriage). Emergency petitions may also be filed in child-support matters.

For the 30-day period, all civil matters not deemed an emergency by party agreement are postponed to a future date. Emergency requests in civil matters will be permitted.

No orders for an eviction or foreclosure will be entered during the 30-day period.

Civil lawsuits may still be filed in person or via electronic filing.

For the 30 days, all courthouse Children’s Rooms will be closed. Individuals who have court business should not bring children to court.

After marriage ceremonies conclude Monday, March 16, judges will not perform marriage ceremonies during the 30-day period.

Though there will be fewer cases, all courthouses will remain open for the 30 days. Court employees who do not need to be in a courtroom or office will be encouraged to work remotely during this time.

In addition, Lake County has announced that it will close the Park City and Mundelein field courts on Thursday, March 19th and Friday March 20th, and Kane County has announced that it will close its branch courts beginning Monday March 16th through March 27th.  Their main courthouses in Waukegan and St. Charles remain open.  No word yet from DuPage County.

I will update this as news becomes available.

Cowboys WR Bryant arrested for DUI

From the Dallas Morning News:

Cowboys wide receiver Ventell Bryant, who contributed mostly on special teams as an undrafted rookie last year, was arrested early Wednesday morning in his hometown for an alleged DUI, a Tampa police spokesperson said.

Bryant, 23, was arrested around 2:45 a.m. ET following a traffic stop for driving without his headlights turned on, police said. According to a police summary of his arrest affidavit, Bryant “exhibited several clues of impairment and admitted to drinking several margaritas.”

He failed a field sobriety test and later produced a blood-alcohol level of .102 and .099. Those measurements exceed the .08 legal limit in Florida. Bryant posted $500 bond and was released from custody shortly before noon ET.