Daily Legal News Archive

Friday, June 23, 2017

Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate Trump

An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.
From: ABC News

Threats on social media - how far is too far?

Even if threats are only online, attorneys say it doesn't matter - they could still get you in trouble. So how far is too far when it comes to free speech and social media?
From: Fox 55

$9.5 million settlement in police excessive force case

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $9.5 million to a man who was severely injured when he struck his head on the pavement after being shocked with a Taser by a police officer.
From: QCOnline

7th Circuit refuses to reinstate conviction of Brendan Dassey in 'Making a Murderer' case

A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the conviction of a Wisconsin man convicted of helping his uncle kill a woman in a murder case featured in the Making a Murderer Netflix series.
From: ABA Journal

Suspend Kent Gray, lawyer disciplinary board says

The disciplinary arm of the Illinois Supreme Court has recommended that Kent Gray, a local politician and attorney for Southern View and Illiopolis, be suspended from practice for one year for lying in court and practicing law without a license.
From: Illinois Times

Set free by science

Judge Liam Brennan ruled this past April to vacate the conviction of William “Bill” Amor, who spent 22 years in prison for murder and aggravated arson, concluding that “the defendant’s confession… is scientifically impossible.”
From: Illinois Times

Undisclosed evidence doesn't merit overturning convictions in '84 gang murder, Supreme Court rules

Evidence withheld by prosecutors in the group prosecution of gang members in a high-profile 1984 murder case wasn’t material to guilt, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.
From: ABA Journal

Lying to immigration officials doesn't necessarily justify revoking citizenship, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the government can’t revoke citizenship for lying to immigration authorities unless the actual facts would have led to a denial of citizenship.
From: ABA Journal

Lawyer's failure to object to closed jury selection doesn't require new trial, SCOTUS rules

A murder defendant is not entitled to a new trial, even though his lawyer failed to object to closing the courtroom during jury selection, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
From: ABA Journal