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Illinois Criminal Evidentiary Rules: Hearsay Rule 801 & 802

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Produced on April 14, 2014

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Litigation

Course Description

Illinois has finally adopted formal rules of evidence. Despite the declared intentions of the drafters, these rules do not fully harmonize with Illinois’ common law of evidence and the ad hoc modifications of those rules enacted by the legislature over the years. In Part 3 of his 7-part series entitled "Old Wine in a New Bottle: Illinois Law of Evidence and New Rules of Evidence for Criminal Defense," attorney Stephen L. Richards discusses the rules and case law governing the admission and exclusion of hearsay, including topics such as “Hearsay Defined,” “Scalia’s Revolution,” “The Revenge of Sir Walter Raleigh,” and “The Impact of the New Confrontation Clause.” 


Learning Objectives: 

I. Discusses the rules and case law governing the admission and exclusion of hearsay, including topics such as: 

  • Scalia’s Revolution
  • the Revenge of Sir Walter Raleigh
  • the Impact of the New Confrontation Clause

II. Define Hearsay and understanding issues related to: 

  • What is and what is not actual hearsay
  • Admissions by Party Opponent
  • Testimonial Hearsay

II. Grasp Illinois statutory hearsay exceptions


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Stephen Richards

Law Office of Stephen L. Richards

Areas of Practice

• Murder -- Homicide -- Death Penalty Cases

• Serious Felonies

• Drug / Weapons Cases

• Appeals -- Post-Convictions

• Sentencing -- Mitigation

• Civil Rights/1983

• Legal Education

• Legal Ethics

Litigation Percentage

• 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

• Certified Lead Counsel, Capital Litigation Trial Bar, Illinois Supreme Court, 2001

Bar Admissions

• Illinois, 1985

• U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2008


• Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York

  o J.D. - 1983

  o Honors: Order of Barristers, Moot Court

• University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

  o B.A.

  o Honors: With Honors 

  o Major: History

Published Works

• Reasonable Doubt Redux, 34 John Marshall L. Rev. 495, 2001

• The Admissibility of Expert Testimony, American Bar Association, 2003

Representative Cases

• People v. Terry Griggs, 152 Ill.2d 1, 604 N.E.2d 257 (Ill. S. Ct. 1992)

• People v. Arthur King, 154 Ill.2d 217, 608 N.E.2d 877 (Ill. S. Ct. 1993)


• New Ideas for Jury Selection, Illinois Public Defender Association, 2007

• Capital Jury Selection, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal, 2007

Honors and Awards

• Kutak-Dodds Award, Defender Prize, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

• Illinois Public Defender Association, President, 2006 - 2008

• Illinois Public Defender Association, Board Member, 2000 - Present

Past Employment Positions

• Office of the State Appellate Defender, Deputy Defender, 2000 - 2008

• Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, 1989 - 2000


Kimberly C.

Really enjoyed this speaker

Grant T.

One of the best criminal law CLE’s that I have seen highly

Mary Jo G.

Extremely informative. Presenter was excellent.

Gregory B.


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Robert S.

Clear presentation; relates well to larger evidentiary issues.

Robin W.

great speaker

MaryAnn P.

Very well presented

Andrietta W.

Good speaker, well informed.

Donna W.

Very thorough and clear lecture. Materials and lecture were easy to follow. I learned a lot about a complex area.

Gerald K W.

Excellent presentation of difficult subject


THis guy knows his stuff.. great lecture with real life examples,

L. Zoe T.


Steven H.

Very informative speaker.

Elisa D.

Very thoughtful, clear, and informative presentation.

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