1627 ABA Journal Illinois articles.

Justice Department will oppose consent decree to reform Chicago Police Department

The U.S. Department of Justice will file a statement of interest opposing a pending consent decree in Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.

Attorney General…

Jurors find Chicago police officer guilty of second-degree murder in shooting death of black teen

A Chicago police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday for the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, shot McDonald 16 times…

Suburban Chicago judge is reassigned after telling defendant ‘you were never a slave’

A criminal court judge in suburban Chicago has been moved to administrative duties after he reportedly told a black defendant, “you were never a slave.”

Are free speech and academic freedom under assault at colleges and universities?
Many see the case of Teresa Buchanan at Louisiana State University as emblematic of the precarious state of academic freedom for college and university professors. Others view the case as an example of the perils of applying a categorical rule to limit professorial speech.
Judge is reassigned after being accused of calling prosecutor a slur and implying they had sex

A Chicago-area judge says he doesn’t believe he called a prosecutor a “bitch,” nor does he believe he made a remark that implied they may have had sex.

Judge Mauricio…

Physician calling himself ‘the real Dr. Joshi’ sues indicted doctor with the same name

A Chicago-area pain management physician, dubbed “the real Dr. Joshi,” has filed suit against a physician with the same name who pleaded guilty in July to illegally distributing opioid medications.

Priest could face deportation from US after disclosing he mistakenly voted in 2006 election
A retired Episcopal priest with permanent residence status who has been applying for U.S. citizenship may face deportation after disclosing that he voted in a federal midterm election in 2006.
Some immigrants picked up by ICE given ‘fake dates’ to appear in court

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has failed to coordinate or clear appearance dates with federal courts in six cities, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Some people received documents with…

Judge says ex-lawyer lived a ‘diabolical secret life’ and sentences him in wife’s 1973 murder

An Illinois judge wasn’t swayed during a sentencing hearing Thursday when former lawyer Donnie Rudd denied involvement in his wife’s 1973 murder.

Judge Marc Martin of Cook County sentenced Rudd…

Owner of attorney referral service is accused of paying cops for crash reports

The owner of an attorney referral service in suburban Chicago has been accused of paying two Chicago police officers to obtain vehicle crash reports before they were available to the…

Convicted felon on Cook County bench announces she won’t seek retention in November
Jessica Arong O’Brien, a Cook County, Ill., judge who was found guilty of bank and mail fraud in February, has finally dropped her retention bid after a federal judge in Chicago denied her motions for acquittal and new trial.
Dan Linna: Taking the measure of legal innovation
When his law firm enlisted then-litigator Daniel W. Linna Jr. for a presentation on evaluating potential trial outcomes, he presented his Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn peers with a hypothetical case—a teaching approach he used later as an adjunct at the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law.
Brother-in-law charged in shooting death of Mayer Brown partner Stephen Shapiro
Updated: Police have charged a suburban Chicago man in the shooting death of Mayer Brown partner Stephen Shapiro, the founder of the law firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. The suspect is Shapiro's brother-in-law.

John Gately III, 66, of Winnetka, Illinois, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder, report the American Lawyer, Patch, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. A press release is here.
Only 1.2% of Chicago police complaints lead to suspension or firing, new data says
Updated: A public data project tracking the allegations of abuse against the Chicago Police Department has quadrupled in size, bringing alarming trends to light.
Why do experienced female lawyers leave? Disrespect, social constraints, ABA survey says
Women in law already face unique challenges, but for those practicing more than 20 years, the likelihood of continued longevity becomes even more stark.

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