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Recently, Judge Shapiro (ret.) led a presentation on judicial decision making for the Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court

Recently, Judge Shapiro (ret.) led a presentation on judicial decision making for the Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court (sort of a legal fraternity that promotes civility in the profession). The presentation included judicial deliberations by a sitting fe ... Read Full Article

Law of Self-Defense Seminar

Recently, Judge Shapiro presented a seminar on the law of self-defense and a defense of others to approximately 70 armed security guards from a prominent security company. The seminar was very well-received, and the guards were appreciative of hearin ... Read Full Article

Not Guilty in a Felony Gun Case

In October, 2015, James Shapiro obtained a not guilty verdict in a trial involving a gun on his client's property. The gun was in a bag hanging from a fence on the property. The police officer who found the gun testified that the client told him the ... Read Full Article

One-week (seven-day) sentence for client facing 10-16 months under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

On October 30, 2014, I obtained a reduced sentence (called a "downward variance" in Federal Sentencing Guideline parlance) for a truck driver who stole a great deal of mail and gift cards contained therein from the Postal Service and its customers. H ... Read Full Article

Mentally-challenged man now out of jail

I recently got a mentally-challenged man with a 69 IQ out of jail after a parole revocation hearing in Dixon, Illinois. The man's parole had been revoked after he allegedly failed the notoriously unreliable and inadmissible in court polygraph examin ... Read Full Article



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