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Michael J. Petro
Chicago
Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney
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US v. Jose Herrera-Valdez, No. 14-3534 Jose Gustavo Herrera-Valdez was prosecuted for illegal reentry after being deported. Before trial, he filed a motion to disqualify the District Court Judge from presiding over his prosecution because the judge served as the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
USA v. Christian Peterson. No. 14-3716. Before running into legal trouble, Christian Peterson, an entrepreneur doing business in Madison, Wisconsin, owned several manufacturing and realestate development firms. He misused corporate finances, frequently making unauthorized intercompany loans and occasionally using corporate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
Sila Luis v. US, No. 14-419. (United States Supreme Court March 30, 2016) A federal statute provides that a court may freeze before trial certain assets belonging to a criminal defendant accused of violations of federal health care or banking... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
US v. Lemurel Williams. 15-1194 (7th Cir. 2016). Lemurel Williams was convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun. We agree with Williams’s that a new trial is needed because the totality of the circumstances regarding the jury’s... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
United States v. Harper, No. 14-2701. The defendant pleaded guilty to fraud consisting of her having abused her position as a member of a Chicago public-school board by accepting kickbacks of more than $500,000 from bus companies to which she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
People of the State of Illinois v. Eduardo Lerma, No. 118496. Editor's Note - This is an Illinois Supreme Court Opinion. The issue is whether, in light of the specific facts and circumstances of this case, the circuit court of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
US v. Acasio Sanchez. No. 15-1356 Acasio Sanchez pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and cocaine, 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), and was sentenced below the guidelines range to 40 months’ imprisonment.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
US v. Roger Aleshire, No. 15-1192. After a sleepover at the house of Roger Aleshire, a nine-year-old girl reported to her mother having a "dream" that Aleshire had pulled down her pajama bottoms and photographed her "privates". Her mother called... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
PRESS RELEASE (Chicago) – On November 18, 2015, Chicago Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Michael J. Petro will argue in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. US v. Acasio Sanchez, 15-1356. In his brief, Mr. Petro argues that the district court... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
UNITED STATES V. MACIAS, No. 13-2166 POSNER, Circuit Judge. The defendant was convicted of conspiring to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 and 18 U.S.C. § 2, and of conducting an unlicensed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
On June 15, 2015, Chicago Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Michael J. Petro filed his brief in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Acasio Sanchez. USA v. Acasio Sanchez, No. 15-1356. Mr. Petro represented Mr. Sanchez in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
U.S. v. Richarson, No. 14-1901 In this case, due to a federal detainer the defendant was indicted on a felony charge of being in possession of both firearms and illegal possession of a submachine gun following receiving time served on... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at 7th Circuit Criminal Law Alert
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Mar 15, 2010