Daily Legal News Archive

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Drew Peterson asks for immediate trial on murder-for-hire charges

Drew Peterson asks for immediate trial on murder-for-hire charges
From: Chicago Tribune

Suit: CPD taking too long to turn over police misconduct records

An activist and independent journalist is suing the Chicago Police Department, alleging it has taken too long to fulfill his already-modified Freedom of Information Act request for records concerning officer misconduct complaints.
From: Chicago Sun-Times

Rauner appoints 28 to new criminal justice reform commission

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named 28 people to a new commission that will look at criminal justice and sentencing reform in Illinois.
From: Alton Telegraph

Even $25 million can't keep wrongfully convicted Chicago man out of trouble

Thaddeus “TJ” Jimenez was sitting in his parked Lamborghini Gallardo on the Northwest Side last year when a cop busted him for marijuana possession, his seventh arrest since he won a $25 million jury verdict in 2012 in a wrongful-conviction lawsuit against the city of Chicago.
From: Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois prisons head out, no permanent replacement named

The director of Illinois prisons is out, but Gov. Bruce Rauner hasn't yet named a permanent replacement.
From: Springfield State Journal-Register

Lawyers: Chicago police had no cause to stop car before fatal 2011 shooting

Attorneys for a motorist who was fatally shot by two Chicago police officers told a federal jury Tuesday that the officers lied on the witness stand last week and had no legal justification to pull him over shortly before the deadly confrontation.
From: Chicago Tribune

Walgreen: Former CFO shouldn't get $3.2 million severance

Walgreen says onetime chief financial officer Wade Miquelon — who is suing the company for defamation — is no longer eligible for his $3.2 million severance.
From: Chicago Tribune

Ferguson police showed routine racial bias, Justice report says

The Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely discriminated against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to a Justice Department investigation, officials said.
From: Chicago Tribune

Central Illinoisans plead guilty to stealing millions from Illinois EPA

Three Springfield-area men are among five people who have pleaded guilty to charges connected with a scheme that defrauded the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency out of millions of dollars, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
From: Springfield State Journal-Register

Harvard, Northwestern help Qatar open law school that will award a JD degree

With help from two venerable U.S. law schools, a Middle Eastern university is creating the region’s first juris doctor degree program.
From: ABA Journal

Mell challenger sues over 33rd Ward election

The runner-up to Ald. Deb Mell in the Feb. 24 election filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging widespread problems with voting in the Northwest Side 33rd Ward aldermanic race as he tries to force her into a head-to-head runoff five weeks from now.
From: Chicago Tribune

Rankin school board member suing District 98 colleagues

A member of a rural Pekin school district’s board is seeking re-election next month at the same time he’s suing the board and most of his fellow members in federal court.
From: Peoria Journal-Star