Daily Legal News Archive

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Man who spent decades in prison gets $15 million settlement

A federal judge has approved a $15 million settlement for a former suburban Chicago gang member who spent 20 years in prison after being convicted of murder on evidence allegedly fabricated by police.
From: QCOnline

City wins right to end retiree health benefits

A state appeals panel last week gave the city of Chicago the go-ahead to further phase out retiree health-care benefits for city employees who were hired after Aug. 23, 1989.
From: Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Wheaton attorney disbarred while facing criminal charges

A Wheaton attorney facing criminal charges was disbarred for stealing nearly $2 million from elderly clients and from a client who passed away.
From: Wheaton Patch

Understanding the role of victim advocates

In what can be one of the worst times in a person’s life, victim service providers like Barb Stone in Winnebago County come in and give hope, healing and a shoulder to cry on.
From: KY3

Illinois attorney general appeals bar on Election Day voter registration

The Illinois Attorney General has appealed a federal judge ruling that blocks same-day registration at polling places in the state's most populous counties, a spokeswoman for the office said on Wednesday.
From: MyMixFM.com

Judge rules convicted killer can't get more than 60 years

Cook County prosecutors say they will appeal a judge's decision not to give a life sentence to a man convicted as a teenager in the 1995 shooting deaths of two 13-year-old girls.
From: QCOnline

Lawyer says 'Simpsons' graffiti suspect had phone illegally searched

The lawyer for a Naperville man accused of spraying “Simpsons” graffiti around town says that police illegally searched the man’s phone.
From: Naperville Patch

Trump, law & order, and criminal justice reform

Could the Republican nominee's emphasis on "law and order" derail a growing bipartisan consensus on crime and punishment?
From: WUIS Radio

Retailers can't use credit checks to turn down sales associate job applicants, panel says

Simply because a sales associate or cashier may handle credit applications doesn’t mean a retail employer should be allowed to deny jobs to applicants with poor credit history, a state appeals panel has ruled.
From: Cook County Record