Saturday, March 07, 2015

NOT GUILTY: Defendant Beats Boystown Robbery Charges

A Cook County court has found Jarmel Ward, 24, not guilty on all counts in connection with an attempted robbery that took place in Boystown early on October 15, 2013.

Ward had been charged with attempted robbery of a senior citizen, attempted aggravated robbery, and unlawful restraint.

Based on the victim's physical description, police arrested Ward as he climbed the stairs of the Addison Red Line station minutes after the alleged crime. The victim told police that they had the right man.

But, other than the victim's eyewitness account, there was little evidence against Ward and he was acquitted last week.

Court records show that fewer than 3% of robbery charges brought in crimes committed around our neighborhood go to trial. The vast majority of defendants strike plea deals.
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  1. What more evidence do you need. The victim, a school teacher, identified the offender within a minute of the attempted robbery. The truth is, judge Sharon Sullivan is afraid to find anyone guilty who might actually do jail time. She is a coward and should not be a judge.

    1. AGREE 100 PERCENT...........................our judges our so weak.... what good are laws if not enforced? im sure these criminals wont rob again....

    2. and since she gets so few cases that aren't pleaded away shouldn't she do her job when she actually gets one?

  2. Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable, actually: