Daily Legal News Archive

Friday, May 26, 2017

Judge refuses to dismiss murder case against Chicago cop who shot Laquan McDonald

A Cook County judge is refusing to toss out murder charges against the Chicago cop who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, a killing recorded by a police dashcam video that fueled a national outcry about police accountability.
From: WBEZ

Suit blames teen's suicide on scared-straight interrogation for sex-encounter recording

The parents of a suburban Chicago teen have filed a lawsuit blaming their son’s suicide on an 18-minute interrogation conducted by a police officer and dean at his high school in Naperville.
From: ABA Journal

Senate OKs tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders

The Illinois Senate has approved tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders aimed at reducing violence on Chicago's streets.
From: U.S. News and World Report

Chicago Public Schools try again to persuade court to order fix of 'discriminatory' school funding

After their first attempt to obtain a court order to compel a rewrite of the state's education funding rules was rebuffed, the Chicago Public Schools have renewed their legal challenge, again asking a Cook County judge to force changes in a school funding system they call discriminatory.
From: Cook County Record

Jury rejects terrorism convict’s claim of mistreatment in Illinois prison

A lawsuit brought by a man who claimed he was mistreated in an Illinois prison after he was convicted of aiding a terrorist cell was rejected by a jury on Wednesday.
From: Belleville News-Democrat

Legislation to change gender on birth certificate passes House

Native Illinoisans would have an easier time changing the gender on their birth certificates, under legislation approved today in the Illinois House.
From: Peoria Public Radio