The Tavares Hunt case has cast a bright light on to the little-reported, yet frequent practice of the Chicago Police pulling prisoners out of jail for questioning solely at their discretion. The First District Appellate Court has put an end to the revolving door at the Cook County Jail, now mandating that all officers will have to go before a judge PRIOR to transporting the individual for questioning. It is hard to believe this practice was allowed for so long, as the constitution implications are obvious, as well as the fact that most of the inmates had lawyers who were purposely left unaware of the interrogations. No one is arguing against questioning inmates when necessary, but it is imperative that it is done by the letter of the law and in the light of day so that justice can be served without rights being infringed.
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