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Poor Raymond

Raymond and I were in his car, driving to a location of an alleged criminal offense so we could take a look around, get a sense of it. His satellite radio started playing Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Me: I love this song! Ray: [kicks up the volume] Me: [sings along] two minutes pass… Me: [still […]

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Renowned Muslim Cleric Represented by Wigell Criminal Defense

  On March 25, 2015, attorneys Raymond G. Wigell and Huma Rashid appeared at the Cook County Courthouse in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, as attorneys of record for Mr. Mohammad Abdullah Saleem. With Mr. Saleem appeared approximately 30 supporters from the Muslim community, who sat through the day’s court appearance in a show of support for the respected […]

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The Budget Game: I went to law school, now I have to pay for it.

And I mean that literally: I have massive student loans. I was very lucky and paid about $2,000 total for my undergrad tuition (not including books, which I tried to buy cheaply online, and other incidentals, so the total was probably around $3500 with all those things considered), so I had no loans from that […]

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Life Plus Seven. (How does that even work.)

Today was … a day. I’m not knocking it – it was a good day, really. But it was … A Day. Alright, I’ll quit vaguebooking and get into it. We had a federal sentencing hearing in the Northern District of Indiana this morning. I’m admitted there pro hac vice, which means only for this particular case. […]

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Sometimes, I’m not that cheerful.

There’s this public defender at one of the Cook County Courthouses that I’m at almost every week. He’s a veteran with the office, if I recall correctly, and he’s a really nice guy. He often comments that whenever he sees me in the various felony courtrooms, I’m always smiling. He’s an excellent resource for if […]

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So this Judge just made my week, basically.

I was walking from a parking garage to the Will County Courthouse a few blocks away this morning. It was cold-ish and misty and wet and just kinda gross, so I had my gray American Giant hoodie on. If you don’t know what American Giant is or why it’s special, I can tell you real […]

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My first out-of-state conference on the United States Sentencing Guidelines!

Remember that huge List I made almost a year ago? Where I wrote out like 300+ (now 400+) things that I wanted to do in my lifetime? One of them was to attend an out-of-state conference. That involved air travel. And carry-on luggage. And swanky hotel rooms. And learning. And meeting colleagues and making new […]

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This is exactly why interpreters are so vital to what we do.

I recently read this story on Slate and the Chicago Sun-Times. The title is evocative enough: “Without a translator to help rape victim testify, alleged rapist walks free and and finds another victim.” That’s basically exactly what you need to know. Here’s the gist of it. This all took place in Cook County, right here […]

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Chiberia Chic – that’s me!

Today is January 7, 2014, and it’s frigging cold as balls. Not as cold as balls as it was yesterday, when wind chill made temps feel like they’d plummeted to about -45F. Today, when I set out for the Grundy County Courthouse located in Morris, Illinois, about an hour from my home, the thermometer on […]

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A Year (as a CDL) in Review!

As of December 1, 2013, it’s been one year since I officially became a(n associate) criminal defense attorney. For many, many months prior to that, I’d been unemployed and searching for work – any kind of work. I never dared to dream that I could actually manage to land my dream job – that of […]

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