In the Media
A collection of media and press conferences with Joshua B. Kutnick, Attorney at Law.
“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” is an independent feature documentary (99 min) by Nancy Bechtol. Original Music courtesy of Hey Now Records, music by Andy Alton & David Mansfield of Behind the Sun. Produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio.
Nancy Bechtol documented Chris’ journey for over a three-year period. Chris Drew’s journey which started with and act of selling art for a dollar–an act of civil disobedience for 1st amendment rights, challenging the Chicago Peddler’s License—and turned into a challenge to the Illinois Eavesdropping Law—carrying 4-15 years in jail as a felony.Two Pro Bono Attorneys came to his Defense, Joshua Kutnick and Mark Weinberg. Nancy Bechtol shot the arrest video which was wildly shown on local, national, international and social media sites.
Prosecutor notes few gun cases successfully prosecutedAssociated Press, July 26, 2017
…[A]bout 80 percent of those charged with gun crimes in 2016 pleaded guilty, with the remainder of the cases going to trial. Only about 30 percent of the defendants whose cases were decided by a judge in a bench trial were convicted. Juries convicted about 42 percent of the gun crime suspects brought before them.Read more
Warrant: Man killed in Sun Prairie shooting had fired first shotWisconsin State Journal, June 2017
[Steven E.] Adams, who was arrested Monday on a tentative charge of firearm possession by a felon, appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney, Joshua Kutnick, and was released from the Dane County Jail on a signature bond agreed to by Kutnick and Assistant District Attorney Mauricio Cardona.Read more
Police: Sun Prairie shooting victim fired firstWKOW 27 Madison, June 2017
Adams’ attorney, Joshua Kutnick declined to field questions from 27 News on whether his client’s actions amounted to self-defense.
“We don’t want to talk about it right now,” Kutnick told 27 News. “Eventually it will all come out.”Read more
Prison for recording a cop? Illinois law under fireFOX News, March 2012
“If they’re concerned with everybody pulling out their phones and recording, doesn’t that take away from the real purpose of the officers being there? Which is to maintain the security of the public, protestors and the people being protested,” Chris Drew’s attorney, Joshua Kutnick, said.Read more
Constitutionality of Illinois eavesdropping law challenged in courtBy Ryan Haggerty and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporters, February 2012
“The law is meant to prevent people from secretly recording private conversations, but it ‘is not designed to protect police conduct that is open and in public,’ attorney Joshua Kutnick told Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks.”Read more
He Fought the Law—And the Law LostBy David Protess, Huffington Post, March 2012
“Even a maverick like Drew knew when he was in deep water, so he turned to attorney Joshua Kutnick for pro bono assistance. After more than two years of legal wrangling, Kutnick persuaded Criminal Courts Judge Stanley Sacks to put an abrupt halt to the proceedings. Last Friday, the judge declared the eavesdropping law unconstitutional.”Read more
Not Enough Evidence Against UIC Student in ’50 Shades of Grey’ Case: JudgeBy Erica Demarest, March 2015 Read more
Illinois College Student Cleared of “50 Shades of Grey” RapeAlex Smith, Jammed Up News, March 2015 Read more
How to Win A Motion for Funds for Expert TestimonyIllinoisCaseLaw.com, January 2017 Read more
INSIDE STORY: How a Gift Allegedly Triggered Jennifer Hudson MurdersBY JEFF TRUESDELL, PEOPLE, December 2008
“We are extremely confident that once all of the evidence has come to light and has been tested by our vigorous analysis of the case, that William will be found not guilty,” Kutnick said after a judge ordered Balfour held without bail.Read more