It was another week abbreviated by a court holiday. But even with just four days instead of five, there was plenty going on at the area's courthouses.
In Joliet, we had one of the defense lawyers in the Nightmare on Hickory Street double murder case asking for a special hearing to find out how Patch obtained police reports no other news outlet seems able get their hands on.
The Will County judge presiding over the case didn't go along with it, at least not for the moment. The judge did say he may revisit the issue of a special evidentiary hearing in the future.
Attorneys representing the two young men and two young women charged with brutal murdering Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, backed off on their request for a special prosecutor to probe for the source of the police reports. But once again, only for the time being.
But that was just one of the things going on in court last week. What else did we have? Well, let's take a look:
- The lawyer for an Oak Forest man charged with stabbing another man to death in 2009 when the two were both teens tried to schedule a trial date. He didn't get one, but the lawyer did set a hearing to argue that prior "bad acts" perpetrated against his client by the alleged victim should be allowed at trial.
- A Markham teen charged with gunning down a young man from Tinley Park after trying to rip him off during an exchange of Playstations and an iPhone made his first appearance at the Bridgeview courthouse.
- A Homer Glen man is suing a Homer Glen woman—whom he may or may not now live with—claiming the woman's him.
- The attorneys for a New Lenox man charged with punching a Joliet man into a coma outside a Mokena bar in 2009 want a new trial based on an email sent from the state's attorney's office to the Will County judge presiding over the case.