Oak Park resident v. River Forest resident before the Supreme Court

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park public defender argued against River Forester (and Cook County State's Attorney) Anita Alvarez earlier this month before the U.S. Supreme Court about who is considered a witness under the Sixth Amendment, the Chicago Tribune recently reported.

The amendment says the accused shall enjoy the right to be confronted with the witnesses against him in court. But justices were divided over whether witnesses included lab analysts who submit reports to the prosecution.

In the case before the court, Sandy Williams, a Chicago man convicted of rape, said his conviction should be overturned because the lab analyst who did his DNA profile did not testify at his trial, the Tribune reported. An analyst at the Illinois crime lab, which sent a semen sample to a Cellmark lab in Maryland, did testify. Cellmark sent back the DNA profile.

Alvarez defended the conviction, arguing Cellmark was not the witness against Williams. But Brian Carroll of Oak Park said the analyst who testified relied entirely on the profile done at Cellmark, but no one testified as to how that analysis was done.

It will be several months before a decision is handed down, the Tribune reported.

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Posted: December 27th, 2011 9:05 PM

I think that if you criticize a reporter for "shotty" reporting, you really don't have a leg to stand on.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 27th, 2011 8:29 PM

Devin Rose is my always countable reporter who demonstrates what a college education in journalism did for her. On top of it, the college got paid and she actually received a diploma so the W.J. could hire her.

Dpepp from Oak Park  

Posted: December 27th, 2011 8:20 PM

I agree! Pretty shotty reporting. Although I know who the appellate defender is b/c he is my neighbor!

Tom Scharre  

Posted: December 27th, 2011 5:22 PM

I agree with Mr. Schoenmeyer. Who dat?

Joel A. Schoenmeyer from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 27th, 2011 3:36 PM

If your story's hook is that an Oak Park resident did something cool (in this case, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court), it would be helpful for you to actually give that resident's name.

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