1. A new trial date of July 12th has been set in the case of Carly Rousso, the Highland Park teenager who is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI causing the death of 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento last Labor Day.
I blogged about this case here.
According to Angela Sykora of Highland Park Patch:
Rousso was driving eastbound on Central Avenue on Labor Day afternoon when she drifted across the road and into the sidewalk, hitting 25-year-old Modesta Sacramento and her three children. Jaclyn was killed.
Toxicology reports indicated that the compound Difluoroethane was detected in Rousso’s blood, according to a grand jury indictment, reported Patch. The compound was found in a commercial cleaning product uncovered in Rousso’s car, according to Ken LaRue, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Traffic Division chief.
Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu was sentenced Thursday to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and drunken driving stemming from a series of crashes and a police chase last fall.
He’ll also have to spend four days in a program that’s an alternative to jail, sometimes known as a DUI hotel.
A bit of slap on the wrist after what Ta’amu did. I wonder what the judge will think about this:
According to this website, this is a picture that Ta’amu re-tweeted Sunday of him and a buddy driving around holding a bottle of whiskey.
Not a good way to start one’s probation, or rehabilitate oneself with the public.
3. The Cook County cell phone ban did not start this week, as I said in my last post (my bad). It will begin this coming Monday, April 15th, starting at “26th and California” now known as the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, and will spread to the other Cook County courthouses as they install storage lockers.
According to Jennifer Delgado of the Tribune:
At the criminal courthouse at 26th and California, two cash-operated vending machine-style units, each able to hold 70 cellphones — at a cost of $3 a pop — have been set up, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis.
Deputies will not allow anyone with a cellphone inside the courthouse once the storage space runs out, she said.
Eventually the ban will be extended to 12 other criminal court facilities, but Evans’ office offered no timetable for that.
Current and former judges, attorneys, government employees, reporters and people reporting to jury duty are among those exempt from the ban.
Cellphones will still be allowed in the Daley Center, where mostly civil matters are handled.