This week at Total Criminal Defense

Reduced Sentencing in Reckless Homicide Case Considered Outrageous by Victims’ Families

Jeanette Sliwinski, a former trade-show model, was released from prison on October 2nd.  She was attempting suicide when her car crashed into a Honda Civic, killing three people.  Family members of the victims are outraged that Sliwinski will serve less than half of her 8-year sentence.  Sliwinski was convicted of reckless homicide in July of 2005.

In the State of Illinois, reckless homicide is defined as the unintentional killing of an individual while driving a vehicle and using an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne.

Read about the issueshere.

Appeals Court Upholds Sex Offenders Ban

The town of Plainfield, Indiana has won an important battle in the fight over banning sex offenders from parks. The ruling may also affect other cities and towns in Indiana with similar bans.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Marion County, Indiana man who was identified only as John Doe. The suit claimed that Plainfield’s ordinance banning sex offenders at parks was unconstitutional on several grounds.

Learn more about this ruling and the arguments surrounding it.

Incriminating Evidence Extracted from Jail Calls

Thanks to many high profile cases in the news, the public has had the opportunity to hear parts of some inmates’ telephone conversations with their families and friends.

While entertaining (or not), these conversations are not recorded for the benefit of the press. Many jails across the country now use automated recording systems to monitor and record inmates’ phone calls. In some cases, comments made during these calls can become evidence in criminal trials.

Is this legal?  Read more

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