If you are able to attend and show your support, this will be a very important court date.
From Ride On Bobby FB page:
Thursday 12/15/16 Court Update:
On her way to the courthouse this morning ASA Jennifer Coleman received a phone call from defense attorney Sam Adam informing her he was going to request a 402 Conference. The name comes from Illinois Supreme Court Rule 402 which provides for a judge to be part of the plea negotiation. At this conference the ASA, the defense attorney, and Judge Hooks meet to review the case and the Judge lets the defense know what the sentence will be if the defendant pleads guilty. The defendant can accept the sentence, which means the case is over; or the defendant can reject it and go to trial. The defense has indicated they will only accept a sentence of probation - otherwise they will go to trial.
No motions were argued in court today. Judges prefer defendants to plead before they have exhausted all 'escape' paths.
The Cook County pre-trial team will put together a report on the defendant’s past, including criminal and non-criminal events that will give a bigger picture of who he is and any mitigating or aggravating factors in his past. The other component of the 402 is the ADES (Alcohol and Drug Evaluation Services) evaluation, which will investigate drug and alcohol histories specifically as well as evaluate the degree of his problem with them. This evaluation will help determine what degree of rehabilitation, if any, is included in the sentence.
The 402 Conference has been scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017.