First was Circuit Court Judge Dave Carlson. He spoke about
how a lawsuit works. Every lawsuit is
either criminal or civil. They go to a circuit court, and if the decision is
appealed, it then goes to the Appellate Court. In the Circuit court the term is
Judge. In the Appellate Court he or she is called a Justice. In the Circuit
Court 3 Justices review the transcript and make a decision. If there are no
other cases like it, it becomes law of the state. The Illinois Supreme Court
has 7 Justices. 4 are from Cook County and 3 are from other districts. Judge
terms are 6 years for the Circuit Court, 10 years for the Appellate Court, and
Supreme Court. For the Circuit Court 16 Judges are elected, they appoint the
Next up was Ed Ronkowski a former Cook County prosecutor for 22 years.
Prosecutors are overworked, and are judged by the number of mistakes, following
the bosses orders, wins, and conviction ratio. They are governed by canids of
ethics. They must be fair and honest and
can’t hide evidence. Many cases are prejudged and plea bargained.
Freitag was next. She is the Will County Chief of Staff, and a former defense
attorney. She feels the facts are twisted sometimes by prosecutors. She said to
always speak to an attorney before saying anything, as it can be used against
you. Also bring the family to the attorney because it affects the whole family.
Don’t get an attorney by seeing a billboard, get referrals.
up was Dave Lombardo, an expert witness in gun related cases. He advised
getting the best attorney you can afford, as it is your future you are paying
for. Lawyers use theatrics, and an expert witness will cost between $250-$500
per hour. He will read the information and give his opinion, and then may be
hired or not. You must be proficient at communicating the facts you are trying
to get across.