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[VIDEO] Chicago Appleseed on "In The Loop" Channel 20 (PBS WYCC), discussing Bond CourtI was a panelist on the November 20th episode of "In The Loop" on Channel 20 (PBS Chicago, WYCC) at 7:00pm CST. My co-panelists were former Public Defender of Cook County, Professor Randolph Stone and Commissioner John Fritchey.  The topic was reforming Cook County's Bond Court. As we've discussed previously on this blog (1, 2, 3 ) and in articles in [more]
California Votes to Downgrade Drug Crimes: Is Illinois Next?On November 4, 2014, voters in California changed yesterday’s felony drug possession into today’s misdemeanor.  Voters passed a significant ballot measure, Proposition 47, a criminal reform initiative to dramatically reduce the punishment for a variety of crimes. The passage of Proposition 47 made California the first state in the U.S. to downgrade certain “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” [more]
Letter to the Chicago Daily Law BulletinIf you are a subscriber to the Daily Law Bulletin, you have probably seen our letter in the Lawyer's Forum concerning the Cook County Bond Court. We have reprinted it below for nonsubscribers. A wishlist for forthcoming bond court plan By Ali Abid and Malcolm Rich Ali Abid is a staff attorney and Malcolm Rich is executive director of the Chicago Appleseed [more]
The Supreme Court Looks at Judicial Campaign FundraisingOn October 2, 2014, the Supreme Court granted cert in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, examining the constitutionality under the First Amendment of a state ethical rule barring candidates for state judicial posts from personally soliciting campaign donations. Lanell Williams-Yulee was a candidate for county court judge in Hillsborough County in Florida. Canon 7 of the Florida Code of Judicial [more]
Judicial Elections Early voting has already started in Cook County and there are 101 judicial races: 27 vacancies, 73 retention elections and 1 new judicial seat. Voteforjudges.org—a non-partisan website founded by Chicago Appleseed and sponsored by the Committee to Elect Qualified Judges—collects the judicial evaluations from a variety of sources to provide voter education for judicial races. We hope you will consult the website, [more]
Congratulations to Staff Attorney Ali Abid on Partner of the Year AwardOn Saturday October 4th, at their 132nd Annual Assembly, the Community Renewal Society honored Chicago Appleseed Staff Attorney, Ali Abid, with their Partner of the Year Award. The Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers. CRS was founded in 1882; it is comprised of over 60 member church congregations, and organizes both [more]