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Prosecutors’ actions in manslaughter case raise serious questions

Prosecutors in LaPorte County, Ind., have listened in on conversations in two different homicide cases between defendants and their lawyers. Their actions have resulted in a court ruling that has all but crippled a murder case and given legal ammo to the defense team in a separate manslaughter case.

 

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Parents in Joliet double-murder vow to see justice done

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Closing arguments were delivered in Joliet Tuesday in the trial of the alleged ringleader of a 2013 double-homicide. Prosecutors had rested their case against Joshua Miner on Monday without calling a key witness — one of his co-defendants — to the stand.

Man held without bond in stabbing death of girlfriend, daughter

A Northwest Side man accused of viciously stabbing his live-in girlfriend and 7-year-old daughter to death nearly decapitated his child and plunged a knife so deep into the girl’s chest, the blade came out of her back, Cook County prosecutors said.

Boy fatally shot in South Shore neighborhood

A boy was fatally shot Tuesday evening in the South Shore neighborhood, Chicago Police said. He was shot in the back and buttocks about 6:10 p.m. in the 7300 block of South South Shore Drive, police said.

Prosecution rests in Joliet double murder trial

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Prosecutors rested their case Monday morning in the bench trial of a defendant they called the ringleader in a grisly double-murder in Joliet.

Man charged with killing girlfriend, 7-year-old daughter

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Maciej Kotlinski, 35, of the 3400 block of North Odell, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings, police said.

Top cab official arrested in vehicle title laundering case

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A top official of Chicago’s largest cab company — Chicago Carriage Cab — has been charged with illegally obtaining “clean” vehicle titles for at least 180 wrecked cars that had been put into service as taxis on the city streets, federal officials announced Monday.

Miner told police he tried sex near bodies, but ‘it was weird’

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Joshua Miner and Alisa Massaro had previously joked about necrophilia so, when the opportunity presented itself, they decided to give it a whirl, Miner said in a videotaped interview with police played in court Thursday.

Teen boy, girl shot in Greater Grand Crossing

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When anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes went to the scene to try to get tips that could help police, he learned that the boy who was shot was his nephew.

Patrick Fitzgerald: Front-runner or long shot for Eric Holder's job?

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He upset Republicans and Democrats alike, brought Chicago’s most notorious dirty cop to justice and sent the last two Illinois governors to prison. And he’s close pals with FBI director James Comey. Who better to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder in the nation’s capital than gung-ho former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald? That was the reaction Thursday of many in Chicago’s legal circles to news of Holder’s resignation.

U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon to appoint ex-prosecutor as 1st deputy

U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon intends to appoint a former prosecutor who helped him convict Gov. George Ryan as his right hand man, sources say. Joel R. Levin — a partner at top law firm Perkins Coie for the last five years — is due to replace First Deputy Gary Shapiro, who is retiring.

Interview with cops played at Joliet double-murder trial

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Joshua Miner offered a simple explanation for the horror inside his girlfriend’s Hickory Street home as Joliet officers led him to a police car in handcuffs, an officer testified Wednesday: “It was either us or them.”

Charges filed in shooting death of member of Jesse White tumblers

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A 19-year-old South Side man was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Wednesday for allegedly shooting a teenage member of the Jesse White tumblers to death on the Near North Side.

Quinton Evans and his uncharged cohort were on their bicycles when they …

30 iPads stolen from Chicago elementary school

About $30,000 in computer equipment — including 30 iPads — has been stolen from a West Side elementary school. A small sledgehammer was used to break a lock and steal the items Monday at James Weldon Johnson Elementary School, 1420 S. Albany Ave. Police were …

$250K bail for man charged with kidnapping in hostage standoff

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Charles E. Esaw, 40, faces felony charges of aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Judge Kerry M. Kennedy also ordered Esaw to have no contact with his family.

Dead dogs found at Dolton Animal Hospital; vet, manager charged

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Two people charged in connection with five dead dogs and eight that were poorly cared for at the Dolton Animal Hospital are not saying much about why conditions there were so bad, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.