12/28/2012, Defendant found not guilty of charges of unlawful use of a weapon. Over the course of a bench trial before the Honorable Judge Alonso, Attorney Melinda Power successfully demonstrated the unreliability of the arresting police officers' testimony and the prosecution's inability to prove Mr. Torres guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In another victory for 1st Amendment rights and to protect the right of people to protest, Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Donnelly ruled that the City of Chicago violated the rights of Occupy Chicago protesters to be present in Grant Park. He granted our Motion to Dismiss the charges against the Occupy protesters. He reaffirmed that parks are public spaces where 1st Amendment rights must be respected.