Daily Legal News Archive

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Feeling secure in the cloud

You're probably already using the Internet to access remote servers in your law practice - aka cloud computing - whether you know it or not. And you should. But make sure you understand and minimize the risks, lawyer technologists advise.
From: Illinois Bar Journal

Cook County court trials coming to a TV screen near you

The next blockbuster trial to take place in Cook County could be coming to a TV screen near you. The county’s Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans will launch a trial program in January that will allow photographers and TV cameras into courtrooms for the first time.
From: Chicago Sun-Times

Blagojevich brother: I was used as ‘pawn’ to get then-governor

The brother of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
From: Springfield State Journal-Register

Man gets 7 years for swindling elderly victims

A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced a Canadian man to seven years in prison for swindling elderly U.S. victims in an $8 million telemarketing scheme that operated from the Philippines.
From: Alton Telegraph

Tax evader to pay $1.27 million; high-dollar guns seized

Federal agents seized the expensive gun collection of a Jersey County man after he pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion and possession of firearms by a user of controlled substance.
From: Belleville News-Democrat

Bankruptcy help desk to assist self-represented debtors at federal courthouse

The bankruptcy bar of the Western Division is now operating a bankruptcy help desk at the Stanley J. Roszkowski Federal Courthouse in Rockford, to assist pro se (self-represented) debtors for Chapter 7 cases.
From: Rock River Times

Bail denied for Dolton animal hospital employee nabbed in Kansas

Bail was denied for an employee of a Dolton animal hospital who missed her court date to face animal cruelty charges, and was later found in Kansas during a traffic stop.
From: Chicago Tribune

New charges filed against Plano hate crime suspect

A Plano man accused of committing a hate crime earlier this month is now facing additional felony charges stemming from a second alleged battery that occurred in November.
From: Aurora Beacon-News

Law school faculty numbers shrink 11 percent since 2010

The number of full-time faculty members at law schools has shrunk by 986 people over a four-year period, a loss of 11 percent, according to a new analysis.
From: ABA Journal

Ocwen executive chairman to step down in $150 million settlement

Ocwen Financial Corp agreed to replace its chairman as part of a $150 million settlement with New York's financial regulator after the mortgage collection company admitted to violations, including improper foreclosures.
From: Chicago Tribune

Phoebe S. Bowers appointed associate judge in 6th Circuit

Sixth Judicial Circuit judges have selected Decatur lawyer Phoebe S. Bowers as an associate judge.
From: Illinois Lawyer Now