Presenting Unusual Defenses in Illinois Criminal Court

Produced on: October 07, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This lecture describes “unusual” or less commonly used defenses in Illinois, including necessity, mistake of fact, intoxication, and entrapment. Topics include: (1) case law and legal definitions, (2) relationships between the unusual defenses and others, (3) jury instructions, and (4) trial tactics and strategy. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review Illinois law on unusual defenses in criminal cases, including necessity, mistake of fact, intoxication and entrapment
  2. Understand the practical issues and pitfalls involved in presenting these unusual defenses in the courtroom

Faculty

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

Education

• 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)

Classes/Seminars

• 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

Reviews

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Christine B.

Thank you for presenting the law as well as giving multiple examples.

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