Daily Legal News Archive

Friday, May 30, 2014

Cardinal George gives video deposition in priest's abuse case

Lawyers began recording the testimony of Cardinal Francis George on Thursday amid a widening scope of sex-abuse allegations against defrocked Roman Catholic priest Daniel McCormack, a precaution taken in the event that Chicago's archbishop's health prevents him from testifying in a future trial.
From: Chicago Tribune

Why notorious killers get repeated parole hearings

Patty Columbo and Frank DeLuca are among Illinois' Class C prisoners, with a unique legal right to parole hearings every one to three years. Patty Columbo's had more than 18.
From: Daily Herald

Doctor defends taking boy into protective custody

A doctor from Lurie Children's Hospital told a Cook County judge today that the medical staff agreed it was best to take a 16-year-old boy into temporary protective custody amid concerns his mother wanted him heavily medicated.
From: Chicago Tribune

State's felony hazing law withstands challenge

The state’s felony hazing law withstood a constitutional challenge today in a case involving an NIU student who authorities said died after drinking too much alcohol at a pledge party.
From: Chicago Tribune

State Rep. Smith wanted ‘cheddar,’ prosecutor says at bribery trial

He called it “cheddar,” the feds say. But what state Rep. Derrick Smith wanted wasn’t a piece of cheese — it was a $7,000 bribe, prosecutors said during opening statements at the start of Smith’s federal trial Thursday.
From: Chicago Sun-Times

Dozens protest plea deal at Will County courthouse

Dozens of protestors gathered Thursday outside the Will County Courthouse to object to a plea deal given to a woman who originally faced murder charges in connection with a 2013 double homicide in Joliet.
From: Chicago Tribune

Rousso guilty of aggravated DUI in death of girl

A Highland Park teenager who was admittedly high when she ran over and killed a 5-year-old girl in 2012 faces up to 14 years in prison after a guilty verdict.
From: Daily Herald

Jury finds Sheley guilty

Nicholas T. Sheley was found guilty Thursday of the 2008 murders of three adults and a 2-year-old boy in Rock Falls.
From: Quad Cities Online

Springfield events to celebrate Civil Rights Act

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site are presenting a series of programs marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
From: Southern Illinoisan