Daily Legal News Archive

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hastert to assault victim: Pay back $1.7M in hush money

Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him over several years, according to a court filing this week in an ongoing civil case.
From: ABC News

7th Circuit strikes down ban on minors at gun ranges

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down restrictions on gun ranges in Chicago, including a categorical ban on minors at gun ranges.
From: ABA Journal

Criminal justice reform report lands on Rauner’s desk

The final report by the Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform includes measures that could achieve Gov. Bruce Rauner’s goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent over the next 10 years, according to the commission chairman.
From: Illinois Times

Lawyer suspended from federal court for lewd, misogynistic comments

A Chicago attorney has been suspended from practicing in federal court for a year after he admitted making lewd and misogynistic comments to a rival lawyer, including sending an email that twisted her name to spell a vulgar term for a female body part.
From: Chicago Tribune

Judge in ex-Illinois congressman's trial recuses herself

A federal judge who was to preside over the corruption trial of former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has recused herself.
From: Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times Courier

Blagojevich doesn't get early prison release from Obama

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
From: QCOnline

Special prosecutor assigned to investigate Jay Scott

Former Macon County Justice Committee chairman Greg Mattingley and his lawyer, John Davis, filed a petition asking for a special prosecutor to investigate Scott in September 2016. The petition claims official misconduct of a public officer. Judge Koritz, of DeWitt County, ruled Thursday that a special prosecutor should be brought in to review the allegations against Scott.
From: WSOY

Will County Judge Rick Mason retires

Rick Mason has retired after 10 years as an associate judge in Will County.
From: Joliet Herald-News