•  
  •  
 

Authors

Azhar J. Minhas

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

This piece argues that judicial interpretation of 720 ILCS 5/12-4(b)(8) (1997) of the Illinois Criminal Code, the statute which enhances simple battery to aggravated battery, has opened the door for the abuse of prosecutorial discretion in applying the statute and has led the courts away from its true legislative intent. Specifically, the application of the statute has been overbroad and courts' interpretations of the legislative intent have been far-reaching. Through statutory analysis and the consideration of case law, the author explores the judicial expansion of section (b)(8) and argues for words of limitation in the statute that will help to bring it within the confines of constitutionality and thus bring the statute in accord with its original purpose. In particular, the author argues that the statute should apply only to those batteries which actually endanger or might logically endanger a person.

First Page

37

Last Page

52

Publication Date

11-1-2001

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

Share

COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.