Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursdays's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the criminal case People v. McDonald and the civil cases Schweihs v. Chase Home Finance, LLC and In re M.I.
People v. McDonald
By Kerry J. Bryson, Office of the State Appellate Defender
Defendant Stanley McDonald stabbed his partner, Larry Gladney, resulting in Gladney’s death. A paramedic who had responded to the scene testified that Gladney was very combative as they tried to treat him. Gladney smelled of alcohol and had needle track marks indicative of drug use. Later testing showed a BAC of .19 and cocaine in Gladney’s system. Gladney died two days later, with the cause being a stroke resulting from a stab wound to his right cheek which had damaged his carotid artery and caused a blood clot.