State Fights For Position Over Brady. Was Evidence Lawfully Tendered In The Case Of Melissa Calusinski?

Wednesday, April. 18th, saw the Oral Argument for Melissa Calusinski held at the Court of Appeals in Elgin, IL. Justices Kathryn E. Zenoff, Mary S. Schostok and Michael J. Burke heard arguments from Kathleen Zellner—representing the defence—and Mary Burns—representing the state. Determining whether a Brady Violation occurred in the state's disclosure of legible x-rays in … Continue reading State Fights For Position Over Brady. Was Evidence Lawfully Tendered In The Case Of Melissa Calusinski?

Court Of Appeals Grants Oral Argument For Melissa Calusinski

The 2nd District Court of Appeals yesterday granted Oral Argument in the case of Melissa Calusinski. Once again, Calusinski will have her day in court. Arguments are scheduled for 9.30am on April. 18, in what will be the second case heard that day. Representing Calusinski will be Kathleen Zellner, aided by Douglas Johnson. Due to … Continue reading Court Of Appeals Grants Oral Argument For Melissa Calusinski

Andrew Spagnola Granted New Trial Over Prosecutorial Misconduct In Case Echoing That Of Melissa Calusinski

Last month, the Court of Appeals of Michigan, voted 2-1 in favour of granting Andrew Joseph Spagnola a new trial. Spagnola was convicted of first-degree child abuse in relation to one of his 11-week-old twin daughters in 2015. Prosecutor's claims, that Spagnola caused his daughter abusive head trauma by either shaking her or banging her … Continue reading Andrew Spagnola Granted New Trial Over Prosecutorial Misconduct In Case Echoing That Of Melissa Calusinski

Where Truth & Justice Do Not Meet: Dr. Thomas Rudd Accepts Plea Deal In Perjury Case.

Perjury charges filed against former Lake County Coroner, Dr. Thomas Rudd were dropped Wednesday. 14. Rudd—indicted on charges of perjury relating to his signing of election petitions without collection of signatures himself—plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of ignoring election law. Ramifications for Rudd's compliance to the plea deal barred him from employment by any form of … Continue reading Where Truth & Justice Do Not Meet: Dr. Thomas Rudd Accepts Plea Deal In Perjury Case.

Make Your Voices Heard

We see a lot of folks wanting to advocate for criminal justice reform, or just for a particular person they feel has been wronged by the criminal justice system. Most people are the “dive right in” type, and don't realize that they may actually be doing more harm than good. Advocating for someone or something … Continue reading Make Your Voices Heard

Court of Appeals Next To Act In The Case of Melissa Calusinski.

Melissa Calusinski's future  now lies in the hands of the Court of Appeals: For the time-being anyhow. Calusinski's fate, played-out over the previous nine years, has developed from her original arrest in January of 2009, followed by her subsequent conviction, nearly 3 years later. Calusinski was sentenced to 31 years for the murder of Benjamin … Continue reading Court of Appeals Next To Act In The Case of Melissa Calusinski.