In The News

Mon, 05/09/2022

In a historic step, attorneys from the Cook County Public Defender's Office Immigration Unit Pilot have begun representing immigrants in bond hearings and removal proceedings before the Chicago Immigration Court.


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Tue, 04/26/2022

We spent a day on the road with veteran investigator Alicia Stewart to find out all about her inspiring work for the Cook County Public Defender's Office. Alicia's story is the first in an occasional series of stories we will be sharing about the work of our office.


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Thu, 04/07/2022

Op-ed published April 7, 2022 in the Chicago Sun-Times.


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Wed, 01/19/2022

Civil asset forfeiture is a tool ripe for abuse. It raises civil liberties concerns and offers little public safety value. It would be a step backward for Chicago after other jurisdictions have abandoned or reformed such tactics.


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Thu, 01/13/2022

Community groups join ACLU and Cook County Public Defender urging City of Chicago to drop plan for new civil asset forfeiture powers


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Thu, 01/13/2022

The Cook County Public Defender sent a letter on January 13, 2022 to all members of the Chicago City Council requesting they reject the "Victims Just Ordinance" authorizing the city to bring civil lawsuits against gangs to seize assets.


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Mon, 11/15/2021

This op-ed argues that the same oppressive system that was called out in 2020 is still hard at work.


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Fri, 11/12/2021

Why public defenders are standing with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association in the Supreme Court.


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Thu, 08/12/2021

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A power struggle has been brewing in Cook County, where job offers to several attorneys from Public Defender Sharone Mitchell were rescinded after confusion over the county's drug policy.

Recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois last January. That complicated the hiring process for many, including a handful of attorneys offered jobs months ago by the Cook County Public Defender's Office. Their offers were revoked when drug tests came back positive for marijuana.


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Fri, 07/16/2021

The Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California is reopening post-pandemic.


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Fri, 07/16/2021

Assistant Public Defender Takenya Nixon Brail writes in Teen Vogue to explain why rising crime large urban cities like Chicago ought not lead to more policing.


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Thu, 07/01/2021

This op-ed argues that policing can create conditions that allow for even more violence.  The origial article appeared in Teen Vogue and there is a link at the  bottom of this page.

 


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Fri, 06/04/2021

A better-funded public defender’s office could be a leader in the fight for equity and justice, Sharone Mitchell said. Public defenders “put a mirror to the system and say that this isn’t working for us."


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Tue, 03/02/2021

WGN Radio’s Karen Conti is with Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli to talk about the criminal justice reform bill signed by Governor Pritzker this week, eliminating cash bail. Amy also shares the many services offered by the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
You can find Karen Conti on Facebook. If you have a legal question for Karen, call her office at (312) 332-7800 or email her at wgn@askkarenconti.com.


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Sat, 12/05/2020

COOK COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER AMY P. CAMPANELLI SELECTED

AS ONE OF 50 TOP WOMEN LAWYERS IN CHICAGO


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