Thursday, April 4, 2013
The lawyer for a teen charged with murder in connection with the brutal slaying of a friend's parents tried and failed to have the case dismissed.
The lawyer for the youngest of four pals charged with the brutal murder of a Palos couple failed to convince a judge to dismiss the case against his client. Joel Brodsky, the attorney for 18-year-old Mohammad Salahat, argued during a Thursday morning hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Salahat was 16—legally a juvenile—when he was charged as an adult with the September 2011 murders of John and Maria Granat. If convicted of the double murder, Salahat faces a sentence of life in prison, Brodsky said, and therefore the case against him must be dismissed. Assistant State's Attorney Donna Norton called Brodsky's argument "both irrational and …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Plainfield murder trial ended with a guilty verdict on the week's last day—and much, much more, in this edition of Court Supervision.
A week-long murder trial wrapped up with a guilty verdict Friday afternoon. The jury took two days to convict Ricardo Gutierrez, 23, of first-degree murder. Gutierrez gunned down Javier Barrios in October 2007 in Plainfield. Barrios was 18 when he was killed. Jury selection started Monday in the Will County Courthouse. Gutierrez's attorneys, Jeff Tomczak and Paul Napolski, said the killing was carried out in self-defense. That was just one of the things going on in court last week. There was also: Find all these stories and more on our Facebook page
Friday, January 25, 2013
Christopher Wyma, 18, of Bridgeview, Ehab Qasem, 21, of Hickory Hills, and John Granat, 18, of Palos Township, appeared in court Friday.
Three defendants in a brutal Palos Township double murder are seeking separate trials. Attorneys for Christopher Wyma, 18, of Bridgeview, and Ehab Qasem, 21, of Hickory Hills filed motions requesting separation during a court appearance Friday. The public defender representing another of the accused, John Granat, 18, has yet to file but intends to soon. The three men are charged with murder along with 18-year-old Mohammad Salahat of Chicago Ridge. They are accused of beating and stabbing Granat's parents to death while they slept in their bedroom. Salahat, who is represented by former Drew Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky, already was heading toward his own trial. Chicago attorney Mohammad Ramadan joined Brodsky in Salahat's defense earlier …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A new lawyer has joined the case of a former Oak Lawn Community High School student charged with helping to kill the mother and father of a friend.
The case against a Chicago Ridge teen charged with murder for allegedly driving the getaway car after the cowardly killing of a pal's sleeping parents was pushed back after a new lawyer jumped on board Tuesday. Chicago attorney Mohammad Ramadan entered his appearance but still has to get "up to speed" with the case against 18-year-old Mohammad Salahat, said Joel Brodsky, a lawyer already representing the teen. Salahat and three other young men—John Granat, 18, of Palos Township, Christopher Wyma, 18, of Bridgeview, and Ehab Qasem, 21, of Hickory Hills—all face murder charges for allegedly beating and stabbing Granat's parents to death in their bedroom. The four were arrested and have been held without bond at the Cook County Jail since …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The case for Mohammed Salahat, one of four charged in the murder a Palos Township couple, will proceed separately from the other three men.
The defense attorney for Mohammed Salahat will argue motions in Judge Neil Linehan's Bridgeview courtroom seperate from three other men accused in the beating death of a Palos Township couple. Salahat's attorney Joel Brodsky will proceed without appearances from Christopher Wyma, 17; Ehab Qasem, 19; and John Granat, 18, officials decided at hearing for the suspects Friday. Authorities allege that Salahat as the driver who remained in a car Sept. 11, 2011, outside the home of John and Maria Granat while the other three, including the Granats' son, John, beat and stabbed the two to death in their bedroom, according to records. All four defendants are in custody and appeared in Linehan's courtroom Friday. "With all due respect to Mr. Brodsky…