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Illinois Department of Natural Resources vs. Antonio Vernón


REINSTATED IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Case # 10CV212
Associate Judge George D. Strickland

IN THE APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT
No. 2-07-1134
3-0 Decision to vacate and remand

and

ON REMAND IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Case # 05CV1395
Associate Judge Charles D. Johnson

IN THE APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT
No. 2-05-0984
Appellate Judge Robert E. Byrne, with Appellate Judges Barbara Gilleran Johnson and Susan F. Hutchinson concurring

and

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Case # 05CV1395
Associate Judge Christopher Stride


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January 26, 2012 Press Release: Update.

Verdict: Not guilty.

November 14, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Trial delayed until January 23.

September 26, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Motion to dismiss denied.

August 25, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Discovery tendered.

July 4, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Motion granted.

June 14, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Another Appearance.

May 10, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Public Defender meeting.

April 8, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Public Defender granted.

February 17, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Hearing delayed until March 24.

February 8, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Court is not recognizing receipt of my mailed motions.

January 21, 2011 Press Release: Update.

Court reporter for motion decision and waiver.

December 3, 2010 Press Release: Update.

Summary: 4 orders issued.

November 6, 2010 Press Release: Update.

Summary: Trial and/or pre-trial motions on November 8.

October 19, 2010 Press Release: Update.

Summary: Trial continued to November 8 (trial priority session on November 3).

July 15, 2010 Press Release: Update.

Summary: Trial September 20 (trial priority session on September 15).

July 10, 2010 Press Release: Update.

Summary: Public defender motion denied. Pre-trial hearing on July 15.

May 30, 2010 Press Release: Update.

Summary: The state has exercised its right to reinstate the case.

January 7, 2010 Press Release: Update.

Summary: Illinois Appellate court remanded on a technicality and the state dismissed the charges.

August 17, 2009 Press Release: Update.

Summary: Tony contemplates seeking a second citation due to omitted arguments and delayed response.

November 9, 2007 Press Release: Appellate Defender Granted.

Summary: Request for the appointment of an appellate defender granted.

October 9, 2007 Press Release: Defendant Found Guilty.

Summary: Defendant found guilty. Plans to appeal and hopes to be granted a writ of certiorari.

August 10, 2007 Press Release: Plaintiff assigned public defender. Trial rescheduled for September 18.

Summary: At June 13 trial priority appearance, defendant agree to accept council of public defender. At August 8 appearance September 18 trial date selected.

April 23, 2007 Press Release: Defendant's Motion Denied. Defendant's Supplements granted.

Summary: The court denied defendant's motion to dismiss charges for unconstitutionality. The court granted defendant's supplements. Trial calendar set.

March 22, 2007 Press Release: Defendant files Supplement and Rebuttal

Summary: Defendant files Supplement and Rebuttle to Plaintiff's 2 part Response to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss.

March 8, 2007 Press Release: Pre-Trial Motion Hearing reset for April 18, 2007

Summary: Pre-trial motion court date has been reset for April 18, 2007 to allow for video CD supplemtation and rebuttle.

March 6, 2007 Press Release: Hearing Delayed and Pre-Trial Motion Response Entered

Summary: Pre-trial motion court date delayed from March 1, 2007 to March 7, 2007. The plaintiff responded to Pre-Trial Motion.

February 1, 2007 Press Release: Pre-Trial Motion Delivered

Summary: Defendant Files motion to dismiss charges on Constitutional grounds.

January 13, 2007 Press Release: March 1, 2007 Pre-Trial Motion Hearing Scheduled (after Supreme Court denial of Motion for Supervisory Order)

Summary: Circuit Court Associate Judge Charles D. Johnson has set a March 1, 2007 date for the a Pre-Trial Motion to dismiss the charges as unconstitutional. This follows a Illinois Supreme Court November 20, 2006 denial of the October 17, 2006 Motion for Supervisory Order.

October 24, 2006 Press Release: January 11, 2006 Status is Scheduled

Summary: Circuit Court has set a status date for January 11, 2006.

October 17, 2006 Press Release: Illinois Supreme Court Rule 383 Motion for Supervisory Orders filed on October 17, 2006

Summary: I request that the Supreme Court exercise its supervisory authority to disambiguate two different weapons and perform statutory construction.

September 26, 2006 Press Release: October 23, 2006 Court Appearance Scheduled

Summary: Judge George D. Strickland sets an Appearance date of October 23, 2006.

June 29, 2006 Press Release: Petition for Rehearing filed 06/29/06

Summary: I remind the court that 36 of the 39 arguments remain unresolved. I grouped the 36 remaining arguments into 10 requests from the court that it may respond to more easily if it chooses not to respond to all 36 arguments.

June 8, 2006 Press Release: Appellate Court Ruling (06/08/2006)

Summary: Case Revered and Remanded solely on basis (29) defendant never knowingly waived his rights to a jury trial. No other arguments were considered although this also resolves arguments (27) and (28) sufficiently for my interests.

February 22, 2006 Press Release: Motion to Correct and Amend Defendant's Initial Brief

Summary: Appellant notifies the court of relevant information available on his webpage and refines the difference between weapons of mass destruction, weapons of mass murder and his non-projectile traditional farming implements.

December 21, 2005 Press Release: Appellant's Brief (12/21/2005)

Summary: Appellant appealled on 39 alternative bases (including 2 numbered 32): (1) the court should develop a uniform body of precedent and reach a just result; (2) using the ordinary and popularly understood meanings defeats perceived legislative intent; (3) statute ambiguity mandates statutory construction of legislative intent of the phrase "martial arts devices" (especially whether all devices used by martial artists including protective devices and black belts are truly outlawed); (4) statutory construction should consider the reason and necessity of the statute; (5) statutory construction should consider the spirit of the statute; (6) statutory construction should be the most socially beneficial so as to prevent hardship or injustice and avoid prejudice to the public interest; (7) related statutes should be harmonious; (8) statutory construction should be clear enough to avoid the doctrine of ejusdem generis; (9) statutory construction should delineate deadly weapons consistently; (10) statutory construction should govern public parks consistently; (11) statutory construction should be consistent with prior Appellate Court rulings; (12) statutory construction should not contradict a prior statute without expressly repealing it; (13) statutory construction should be consistent with the doctrine of expressio unius est exclusio alterius; (14) statutory construction should sustain, favor and affirm constitutionality; (15) statutory construction should give the effect that represents legislative intent; (16) statutory construction must remedy the absence of prior judicial interpretation; (17) statutory construction should resolve all ambiguous terms in the statute including "martial arts devices", "display", and "use"; (18) statutory construction should consider the Kobudo class of implements commonly used by martial artists, but traditionally used as farming implements, as not correctly falling under the definition of martial arts device with respect to the application of the statute at issue; (19) statutory construction should be consistent with all other IL rulings on weapons use; (20) statutory construction should consider the superior alternative definitions above the ordinary and popularly understood meanings; (21) statutory construction should consider whether legislative intent was likely to preclude use of projectile weapons; (22) statutory construction should consider whether unsharpened daggers are of like character to sharpened ones; (23) statutory construction should consider the true and intended meaning of the word "use", especially as it relates to misuse; (24) statutory construction should extend the doctrine of expressio unius est exclusio alterius from items to acts; (25) statutory construction should consider that prior rulings suggest that "the Criminal Code never intended to prohibit mere possession of equipment used in a legitimate sport."; (26) statutory construction should consider the common and ordinary meaning of the word display as it relates to acts by defendant; (27) defendants rights to a trial by jury should be considered; (28) defendant had requested a trial by jury of his peers and was never offered one; (29) defendant never knowingly waived his rights to a jury trial; (30) the manner of use and circumstances of the case are a question for a jury; (31) the manner of use is peaceable; (32) the circumstances of the case are special; (32) [sic] concerns for court safety neither were stated clearly enough nor were sufficient enough to deny defendant's request to bring real evidence into the courtroom; (33) real evidence is admissible if it is relevant to some issue in the case and helps the trier of facts to understand the case (34) the trial court erred in denying defendant's real evidence (the weapons at issue); (35) proper foundation for the introduction of the object is easily established and was not questioned; (36) my unimpeached testimony was sufficient for admission; (37) the officers' pictures of the weapons should be produced and admitted; and (38) the posed photos requested and taken by the officers are admissible.

November 22, 2005 Press Release: Judge's Certified Bystander's Report

Summary: Judge chose to rewrite the events on the day of the trial court proceedings to exclude extra-judiciary proceedings. The Appellee submitted no Bystander's report. The Judge's version was certified, but the Defendant-Appellant's version is also on the record.

Press Release: Defendant-Appellant's Bystander's Report

Summary: Appellant summarized the events on the day of the trial court proceedings.

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