Harold Wallin named one of Chicago’s Top 20 Criminal Defense Lawyers, again

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For the second year in a row, the people at the website Expertise.com named Harold L. Wallin as one of Chicago’s Top 20 criminal defense lawyers.

According to their website, Expertise reviewed 599 attorneys as part of their process.  It states “that [o]ur goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored criminal defense lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, IL.”

Expertise.com’s Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect

Chief Keef arrested for DUI-Drugs in Miami

From the Miami Herald

Chicago rapper Chief Keef, who got his start by posting YouTube videos, was arrested Saturday in Miami Beach and charged with DUI, according to a police report.

Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, 21, had “bloodshot, watery, droopy eyes” and “had a cup filled with a syrupy liquid known as sizzurp, which is also known as ‘lean’ or ‘purple drank,’ ” an officer wrote in a report.

Sizzurp is a mixture of codeine-based prescription cough syrup and soda.

According to the report, officers saw Cortez McElrath jump out of the passenger side of a green two-door McLaren — driven by Cozart — while it was stopped at a red light.

McElrath then ran to an Altima behind them and handed the front passenger, Eddie Bryant, “a bag with a green leafy substance,” according to the report.

When McElrath saw police, he ran back to the McLaren, police said. An officer stopped him, held him at Taser-point and placed him in handcuffs, according to the report.

Meanwhile, another officer held Cozart at Taser-point because he “was moving his hands around in the vehicle,” the officer wrote.

More officers arrived, and the three people in the Altima were also detained. Marijuana was found in that car, police said.

McElrath and Bryant were both arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Devante Reaves, who was a passenger in the Altima, was also charged with marijuana possession and had an outstanding warrant. Reaves also had nine fraudulent credit cards, police said. Jamil Perkins, the driver of the Altima, was arrested for having a suspended license. Perkins had four fraudulent credit cards, police said.

Cozart was charged with DUI after he “he did not perform to standard” on his sobriety test, an officer wrote. The officer said that Cozart then stated: “It’s OK, when you find weed in my urine, I’ll just get my attorney to get my marijuana card.”

The officer added that Cozart spontaneously stated, “You’ll find weed in me.”

Remembering Judge Raymond Myles

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The entire Cook County legal community is shocked and saddened to learn about the murder of Judge Raymond Myles.

Judge Myles was a Cook County Judge for nearly 20 years.  He was assigned to the Criminal Division.  Over the years, I appeared before him many times, and tried two cases before him.  He was a very good trial judge, well versed in the law.  He was fair and impartial.  He was open-minded and did not pre-judge cases until he heard all of the evidence.  He was big-hearted and street smart.  In short, he was everything that you would want in a judge.

Just a few weeks ago it was reported that Judge Myles had been seriously injured a year a half ago, after a motor vehicle accident, when the other driver assaulted him, fracturing his nose among other injuries which required reconstructive surgery.

Police are still investigating the murder, and preliminary reports indicate that they believe that this was a robbery gone wrong, unrelated to the assault case or any other matter before him.

My condolences to his family.  He did so much for our community and will be missed tremendously.

Man wearing “Drunk Lives Matter” shirt arrested for DUI

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From the Daily Mail:

A 44-year-old man from Pennsylvania was arrested for DUI whilst wearing a ‘Drunk Lives Matter’ t-shirt.

Elwood R Gutshall III, 44, from Newville was pulled over for ‘committing multiple traffic violations’.

The alleged offences occurred while Gutshall was driving a Ford pickup truck near his home on March 19, two days after St. Patrick’s Day.

Gutshall was subsequently arrested after cops determined that he ‘was under the influence of alcohol beyond what he could safely operate a motor vehicle.’

A blood alcohol test revealed Gutshall’s BAC to be at .217, nearly three times the legal limit.

He was charged with DUI and a number of other traffic violations.

Court records show Gutshall has had a number of DUI convictions in the past along with a 2009 guilty plea for assault, according to The Smoking Gun.