Anyone who has visited a mall at this time of the year likely knows of the chaos that could be encountered. As people across the country shop for holiday gifts, the malls -- and their parking lots -- become more crowded than at any other time of the year. The extra traffic in a parking lot could easily create confusion for a driver in Illinois. Unfortunately, one man now faces a DUI charge after an off-duty police officer claimed that he was driving erratically.
An unexpected death is always tragic, but that tragedy seems compounded when a young person is killed. If the death is a result of a criminal act, police and the community at large are often desperate to find someone to blame. However, a rush to action could result in mistakes. Illinois prosecutors will have to provide sufficient evidence in order to gain a conviction after a man was charged with murder after the death of two teenagers.
The mind performs in a mysterious way when it is under stress. For most people, witnessing a crime would be considered a major stressor which could impact the reliability of eyewitness testimony. While television shows often show a dramatic identification of a suspect by an eyewitness, such testimony is often found to be unreliable in real life. As a result, additional evidence may be necessary to secure a conviction. However, one Illinois teenager has been charged with murder in the death of a young woman based on a witness's identification.