Daily Legal News Archive

Monday, December 11, 2017

Chicago to pay $31 million to 4 wrongly convicted for rape, murder

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $31 million to four men imprisoned for 15 years for a rape and murder they didn't commit.
From: WBEZ

En banc 7th Circuit reinstates Brendan Dassey's conviction in 'Making a Murderer' case

An en banc federal appeals court has reinstated the conviction of Brendan Dassey for helping his uncle kill a woman in a case featured in the Making a Murderer Netflix series.
From: ABA Journal

Met Opera conductor won't face criminal charges

Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, who said on Thursday that recent allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades in Illinois are "unfounded," will not face criminal charges, Illinois prosecutors said Friday.
From: WSPY

Rock Island County courts going paperless

People filing civil court documents in Rock Island County will have to do so electronically beginning in 2018. The requirement, a statewide mandate, applies to almost anyone filing a civil case, including people representing themselves.
From: QCOnline

Illinois’ legislative conflicts law could be better, official says

According to the Center for Public Integrity, states should require "state legislators to recuse themselves from any action that could confer a financial benefit to them or their immediate family, such as participating or voting in hearings, committees or on the floor.” Illinois has such a law on the books, “but it does not define the recusal mechanism.”
From: Springfield State Journal-Register

Southern Illinois voters to elect seven circuit judges

Southern Illinois voters will elect seven circuit judges and one appellate court judge in November. Six of those seats are in the First Judicial Circuit.
From: lcbradio.com

Sixth Circuit judge hanging up his robe for good in March

Champaign County residents are about to lose one of their most laid-back judges, Michael Jones, to retirement.
From: Champaign News-Gazette

6 candidates file for vacant McHenry County judge positions

In the race for two new 22nd Circuit judges, voters will choose between four Republicans competing to replace retired Judge Maureen McIntyre and two who filed for Charles Weech’s position.
From: Northwest Herald