Daily Legal News Archive

Monday, May 4, 2015

ARDC Annual Report shows steady increase in female lawyers

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the administrative agency that regulates licensed Illinois lawyers, has filed its year 2014 Annual Report with the Supreme Court of Illinois.
From: Illinois Lawyer Now

Jury finds for sheriff's office in suit over naked crime scene photos

The word "protocol" peppered closing arguments Friday morning at the Circuit Court of Cook County in the civil trial brought against the sheriff's department by the family of Jessica Mejia, 20, for undressing and photographing her on a tarp on the ground of the snowy 2009 crime scene where she died in a car crash.
From: Daily Southtown

Lawsuit: ‘Orange Crush’ unit abuses Illinois prisoners

An inmate at the Illinois Department of Corrections has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging systematic abuse by hundreds of prison guards and administrators.
From: Illinois Issues

Law professor seeks to limit sex trafficking in Illinois

A sex trafficking researcher is urging community members to take action to help thwart victimization.
From: Illinois Issues

Wrongful sperm suit filed

A sperm bank in Illinois is arguing for the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing it of mistakenly providing sperm from a black donor to a white Ohio woman, arguing that the baby was born healthy.
From: WGLT Radio

Illinois-based federal judge dismisses airline’s lawsuit against man who found way to get cheap tickets

A Chicago-based federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by United Airlines against Aktarer Zaman, a young computer whiz from New York City who launched a website called Skiplagged.com to help people buy cheap plane tickets, because Zaman didn’t live or do business in the jurisdiction.
From: WQAD.com

Tech-focused professor joins Chicago-Kent faculty

Dan Katz will join the faculty at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the fall, moving from Michigan State University College of Law, which he put on the map as a forward-thinking institution by creating the ReInvent Law Laboratory.
From: Chicago Lawyer

Hawthorn Woods spends $28K in legal fight to euthanize dog

The village of Hawthorn Woods has spent $28,000 in a protracted battle with a couple over the fate of their pet beagle, Heidi.
From: Chicago Tribune

Illinois woman accused of stealing boss's identity

A central Illinois woman is accused of stealing her boss's identity to obtain credit.
From: Peoria Journal Star

Violent kidnapping leads prosecutor to call for change in the witness tampering law

Two men and two women were charged with kidnapping a Cahokia woman at knifepoint. The victim is also a victim in an attempted murder case.
From: Belleville News-Democrat

Watchdog group: Poor living conditions plague Vienna lockup

Despite promises by the state Department of Corrections to fix the problems, poor living conditions continue to plague the Vienna Correctional Center in southern Illinois, according to the John Howard Association.
From: Alton Telegraph

Amid closures, sheriff announces new mental health clinic

The Cook County Sheriff’s office is launching a new mental health clinic in the south suburbs. Sheriff Tom Dart says the clinic is a direct response to government mental health cuts.
From: WBEZ

Attorneys, prosecutors meet for job performance seminar

Criminal prosecutors in Tazewell County and throughout the state already had planned a seminar on their job performance before riots and protests erupted in Baltimore this week. That latest outbreak of claims that bias against African-Americans tilts justice against them sharpened attendees' focus.
From: Peoria Journal Star