Collinsville, IL - Madison County prosecutors want to take a pretrial deposition of an 82-year-old man named as the victim in a case of neglect at a Collinsville nursing home because his health might deteriorate. Prosecutors filed a motion last week seeking permission to take a deposition of Albert Chambers, who authorities say had to have a leg amputated because he did not receive proper care and attention at Collinsville Care Center. Normally, testimony for a criminal case in Illinois has to be given at a trial, in a courtroom. But a state law that went into effect in 2004 allows victims in cases of elder abuse to give testimony through a deposition without having to appear in court. The deposition can then be read later to a jury, or, if it's videotaped, shown to a jury.
January 25, 2006