January 28, 1997 |
It is a familiar dance, the stuff of countless courtroom confrontations. On one side of the aisle, defense attorneys talk of "frame-ups" and "political motivation." On the other side, prosecutors invoke their "ethical duties" and "the wisdom of the jury." Each side argues, each advocates with passion. In the end, after all the appeals, one side wins and the other loses. Who had truth and honor in their corner remains unclear, if not irrelevant.
April 27, 1991 |
A woman lived on peanuts and rainwater for eight days in the trunk of a car after being raped and slashed, police said Friday. "Honestly, it's a tribute to a person's will to survive," Sgt. Larry Zumbrock said. The 37-year-old woman finally freed herself in this Chicago suburb on Thursday by prying open the lock with a part from the spare tire bracket, Zumbrock said. The woman was listed in fair condition Friday at Holy Family Hospital, spokeswoman Linda Melton said.
June 29, 1997 |
A man shot his ex-girlfriend to death, then drove her body to her sister's house, where he killed three more people and raped another, Marseilles, Ill., police said. Charles Smith hanged himself after raping a 13-year-old girl, police said. Smith, 53, shot Cindy Benson, 34, in her hometown of Joliet, then drove her body 36 miles to a home in Marseilles, a town of 5,500 people located about 70 miles southwest of Chicago.
October 28, 1988 |
Laura Trotman got into an empty elevator in the campus library the other night but, before the doors closed, a man walked on and accidentally brushed against her. She jumped. So did he. "He meant me no harm, but it was just my paranoia that made me do it and I guess that scared him," said Trotman, 21, a senior economics major here at the University of Illinois. Trotman has reason to be nervous.
October 14, 1988 |
Hundreds of University of Illinois students held a candlelight march and rally to protest a series of sexual attacks on campus. The rally Wednesday night was called to "raise the awareness" of students to a string of 13 sexual attacks since April by what police have labeled a serial rapist, officials said.
July 15, 1994 |
Rolando Cruz was convicted twice and spent more than seven years on Death Row for a rape and murder another man admitted committing. His case became a cause; law school deans rallied to his side and a prosecutor resigned rather than "help execute an innocent man." The tangled case took a new turn Thursday when the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a decision it made less than two years ago and granted Cruz a third trial.