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Derrick Rose’s lawyers say accused rape was consensual

The legal counsel for 28-year-old New York Knicks player Derrick Rose insisted on Wednesday, October 5 that the woman bringing rape charges against Rose willingly had sex with him at Rose’s mansion in Beverly Hills. The plaintiff is also accusing two of Rose’s friends with the rape of an impaired woman.

Rose’s lawyers said the text messages the woman sent to Rose after a party indicated that the woman was lucid and not intoxicated after leaving Rose’s mansion. A clip from a deposition showed Rose saying “No” when asked if he understood what consent meant. The plaintiff’s attorneys argued  “His friends may have pushed this issue, but all three certainly knew that she was severely intoxicated, she could not consent and she would have never consented.”

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Illinois, hire the legal services of our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices by dialing (217) 328-6000 today. Schedule an initial appointment with a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can.


Sexual abuse lawsuit against scout leader allowed to proceed in court

Illinois Appellate Court decided on Friday, September 30 that a civil lawsuit lodged by former members of the Oak Lawn Boy Scout troop in Cook County can proceed to trial. Their trial concerns the members’ claims that they were sexually molested by their scout leader, Thomas Hacker, in the 1980’s.

The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by 16 former Boy Scouts of America – who are now adult men – after the agency released a list of names of hundreds of pedophiles in the scouting system. The complaint alleges that the BSA oversight committee made it possible for Hacker to gain access into the upper echelons of the organization and molest many young boys.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices dedicate our personalized and undivided attention to every single detail of the cases we take on. We know the details can spell the difference between an acquittal and a conviction for our client. Get in touch with our criminal defense lawyers today by calling our Champaign offices at (217) 328-6000.


Urbana man sentenced to prison time for performing sexual act on unconscious woman

Twenty-one-year-old Urbana, Illinois resident Markel Brown was sentenced to three years of imprisonment on Thursday, September 8 for performing sexual acts on a woman who was passed out in a house in the 1100 block of Austin Drive in Urbana on Feb. 3, 2016.

Judge Tom Difanis disgusted with the act, said it was “outrageous” and that the sentence was necessary to prevent others from “taking advantage of a woman who is passed out”.

Despite a three-year sentence, Brown could be released after a year if he attains maximum credit for good behavior and time already served. He will have to register as a sex offender after being released.

The girl testified to drinking before arriving at the house where she and Brown were going to hang out. She is not sure whether it was Brown or other 21-year-old Urbana resident, Gerald B. Jackson, who assaulted her.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices, who provide legal services to our clients in Champaign or other areas in Illinois, handle criminal defense cases such as gun crimes, theft and burglary, drug possession, sex offenses, and homicide and murder charges, among others. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000.


Convicted molester search continues

Thirty-five-year-old Urbana resident Kinzie Lee Schwab, who was convicted last Thursday, August 25 of criminal sexual assault and child pornography by a Champaign County jury, is currently at large.

Schwab was not present for any of his trial dates, which started last Tuesday, August 23. He made a court appearance last Monday, August 22 in Judge Tom Difanis’ courtroom with his legal counsel, Urbana attorney Evan Bruno, who was told to be ready for the Tuesday trial before Judge Hugh Finson. Even though Schwab failed to make an appearance during the trial days, the jury was instructed to disregard his lack of appearance and move on with the trial as planned. Bruno said he did not know of his client’s whereabouts, saying, “Myself and the Urbana Police Department have been in contact with several of his family members. From what we know, they don’t know where he is.”

The attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices, who provide legal services for our clients in Champaign and other areas of Illinois, handle criminal defense cases such as drug crimes and sex crimes, among others. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.


Ex-ISU student acquitted of rape charges

24-year-old former Illinois State University student William Wells was acquitted of sexual assault charges on Friday, August 12 in McLean County Circuit Court in Illinois.

After a deliberation of about four hours, the jury returned with a not guilty verdict in the case of Wells, who was accused of raping a woman in February at his apartment in Normal. The trial lasted for four days and ended on Thursday, August 11. The jurors talked for around an hour on Thursday, and continued their discussion of the case at the Law and Justice Center on Friday morning. At the time of the supposed incident, Wells was a student at ISU and the woman, who was 18, was visiting from a college in northern Illinois.

Wells was also cleared of a charge of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Judge Robert Freitag also dismissed obstruction of justice charges against the accused. He agreed with Wells’ legal counsel, Stephanie Wong, that the state of Illinois was not able to provide sufficient evidence that Wells destroyed evidence at his apartment.

If you are charged with a criminal offense, such as rape or obstructing justice, in Champaign or another area of Illinois, contact our criminal defense attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices today by calling (217) 328-6000.


Man sentenced to 14 years in jail for sexual assault

Wednesday, March 16, Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced 42-year-old Mark Doeden, of Urbana, Illinois, to 14 years of imprisonment and required him to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender. The sentencing reflected the Illinois recommendation to the judge when Doeden pled guilty in December 2015 to charges of criminal sexual assault.

Doeden has confessed that he engaged in sexual activities with a child under the age of 18 in May 2015. A more serious charge and a lesser charge alleging sexual acts were dropped as a result of his guilty plea.

Urbana police investigator, Tim McNaught, said an examination of computers and phones that were confiscated in Doeden’s apartment in Champaign in June 2015 revealed “literally thousands of computer-generated child pornography images”.

With the legal protection and assistance of a veteran criminal defense attorney, a person charged with a criminal offense in Urbana-Champaign may be able to successfully defend his legal rights and freedoms. Do not hesitate to contact a member of our legal team at Bruno Law Offices by calling our offices today at (217) 328-6000.


Illinois teacher charged with sexual abuse asks for bail reduction

Twenty-nine-year-old Mokena, Illinois resident and former Herscher High School Social Studies teacher and coach David Murphy appeared in Kendall County Court on Thursday, January 7 to ask for reduction of his $250,000 bond. Murphy has been charged with nine felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting six students – four girls and two boys – at a motel room in Yorkville in December 2015.

Frank Lipuma of Chicago, Murphy’s legal counsel, said Murphy and his girlfriend are expecting a baby and that the $25,000 bail Murphy’s family had already posted on Saturday, January 2, has been causing serious financial problems. Lipuma also told Judge McCann that Murphy has no history of criminal misconduct, and that the defendant has received eleven medals for his service in the military.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices in Urbana, Champaign, and central Illinois, are committed to providing excellent legal service to our clients who have been charged with crimes in Illinois. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to discuss your situation and learn how we may be able to help protect your interests.


Bill Cosby appearances canceled over sexual assault allegations

Public appearances and entertainment performances by 77-year-old comedian William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr., slated for occurrence in Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Illinois, and South Carolina, have all been canceled as more women accused the entertainer of sexually assaulting them decades ago, The Pueblo Chieftain reported on November 21.

The Diamond Desert casino in Tucson, Arizona canceled his February 15 show. Two other appearances for April 2015 in Champaign, Illinois, and other shows slated for February 2015 in Reno, Nevada and in Florence, South Carolina, were also nixed.

California attorney Tamara Green, one of the women who lodged accusations of sexual assault against Cosby, agreed to testify in court about the incident.

Allegations of sexual assault have an affect on your personal and professional life–even before conviction. That is why it is essential to immediately enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney as early on in the legal process as possible. Call the Champaign legal team at Bruno Law Offices today at 217-328-6000 to learn about your options for defense.


Case of sexual assault in an adult bookstore to be tried soon

Thirty-six-year-old Champaign resident Paul Zindar has been sued by a female employee of an adult book store, her employer, and the company’s insurance provider due to allegations that Zindar sexually assaulted the woman in question, the Paxton Record reported on August 1.

According to the civil complaint against Zindars, LM Insurance Corp. paid $138,867 in disability and medical costs for an employee of The Lion’s Den after Zindars allegedly locked the employee inside an office, pinned her to the ground, and tried to sexually assault her on July 31, 2012.

Zindars is set to make an appearance in the Iroquois County Circuit Court on August 12. He pleaded not guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery and felony charges of criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint. He may use insanity as a defense.

The attorneys at Bruno Law Offices believe that, no matter the crime, every person is entitled to a fair trial. Our criminal defense team fights tirelessly on behalf of our clients to receive the most favorable outcome of their case. To discuss your situation, call our Champaign offices at 217-328-6000 today.


Struggle over confidentiality in sexual harassment settlement

St. Clair County, Illinois state attorney Brendan Kelly issued the settlements for five women who were allegedly sexually harassed by former county clerk Bob Delaney, the Madison-St. Clair Record reported on May 15.

The five women, who lodged sexual harassment complaints via the Illinois Human Rights Commission, were paid amounts of $200,000; $150,000; $135,000; $90,000; and another $90,000, respectively, for compensatory and punitive damages, totaling $665,000.

Kelly redacted the names of the victims due to the privacy concerns of the women. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked Kelly to identify the names of the complainants because, despite confidentiality clauses in the settlement, public policy demands transparency when distributing taxpayers’ money. However, it was the view of Assistant State Attorney Sean Murley that the plaintiffs had the right to be insulated from public scrutiny due to the humiliation they may suffer as a result of the subject matter.

A person charged with a sexual crime in Illinois can face grave ramifications if convicted. If you are involved in a dangerous situation of this nature, don’t hesitate to seek the legal assistance and representation of our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.

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