Everett Mckinley Dirksen U.s. Courthouse

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The Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse is a federal court located in the Downtown area of Chicago, IL. They have a subject-matter jurisdiction. Subject-matter jurisdiction is the authority of a court to hear a particular type of case relating to a specific subject matter. In this case, it was a drug trial. The trial I observed was Hamdan v. USA, a drug trial using synthetic cannabis.

In this trial, originally the defendant, named Calin Hamdan, was pulled over for a traffic violation in Bridgeview some time in October of 2014. He was driving on a suspended license and had previous bad driving records. He had a suspended license before. The officer that pulled him over smelled something unusual while in the traffic stop; it was... View More »

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The unit’s name was also not in Hamdan’s; it was in his partner’s, Fidel. He was also in the car when Hamdan was pulled over initially for the traffic stop. Hamdan hired Fidel to be a lookout, when he was working in his apartment, then became his partner and helped make the packages. None of the storage units that they had the keys for were under Hamdan’s name. They found out that the first storage unit they searched was under his wife’s name. When Hamdan’s attorney was able to speak, he talked about how Hamdan didn’t have knowledge of the legal or illegal terms of the drugs at the time. The prosecutor objected to that statement. The defense attorney claimed that Hamdan didn’t know that the chemical makeup was changed in the drug. The evidence that stood to the investigators was the notebook, the fingerprints found in the storage unit, and text messages that were sent between Hamdan and Fidel. This case was a felony and he was charged with counts of schedule controlled substance to conspiracy and contact to advance. There were other counts of possession of the controlled substance and manufacturing the same with the intent to distribute. Later on, I found out that he was found guilty of all charges and could face up to 20 years behind bars. But according to their guidelines of sentencing, he could face more than 20 years.

Hamdan’s appearance looked to be of Arab descent. He wore a blue shirt and grey pants. Throughout the trial, he seems pretty calm. The defendant requested to have a jury trial instead of a bench trial because he thought that he would have a fair trial ...

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