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Joliet Cop Wins Compensation in National Guard Pay Dispute

A veteran cop who sued the city of Joliet over his deployment in the Illinois National Guard is entitled to the salary and benefits denied him during a stint on voluntary active duty, according to a panel of federal judges. In overturning a district court ruling, they said the Uniformed Service Members Employment and Re-employment… Read More »

High Court Rules on Warrantless DUI Samples

Because cops had more than seven hours to obtain a warrant before they forcibly took samples of blood and urine from Ralph Eubanks, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that evidence used to convict him in a 2009 hit-and-run should have been supressed. This even as justices wrote that such searches are Constitutional when cops have probable… Read More »

RICO Sentence Sticks in Gangland Appeal

Judges in the 7th Circuit Appellate Court upheld the prison sentence given a gang leader in a conspiracy conviction despite the man’s claim that he wasn’t directly responsible for crimes committed on his watch. Ruben Porraz admitted in a plea agreement that his job as head of the 89th Street chapter of the Latin Kings… Read More »

Ballistics Support Appeal of Attempted Murder Charge

A Garfield Park man will be re-sentenced after an appellate panel ruled that the evidence used to win a conviction in 2011 for the attempted murder of a Chicago cop failed to prove his guilt. Judges in the 1st District cited bad ballistics and police testimony in remanding Donta Hudson’s case to the Cook County Circuit… Read More »

Supreme Court Consults Dictionaries in Pension Payout Precedent

A retired state cop will have to pay his ex a portion of the military pension he accrued before their marriage. This according to the Illinois Supreme Court, which went to lexical and legal lengths to set precedent. At issue is whether a pair of lump-sum payments made during the couple’s time together that boosted the… Read More »

Appeals Court Upholds Return of Cash in Pot Bust

A Joliet man is getting the $940 he lost to city cops when they found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana thanks to a ruling in the 3rd District Appellate Court. Anthony Alexander was never criminally charged when police executed a 2017 arrest warrant and seized the cash along with 4.5 grams… Read More »

Burgeoning Backlog Delays Chicagoland Immigration Cases

Immigrants in Chicago are waiting upwards of four years to appear before a judge thanks to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on asylum seekers, according to a report from a records repository that monitors the American judicial system. Researchers from Syracuse University say that the 1,336-day wait at Chicago’s Immingration Court is has doubled since Trump… Read More »

Gang Moll’s Harassment Appeal Fails in 7th Circuit

A Centralia woman’s claim that cops acted maliciously when they pressed her on threatening social media posts didn’t sit well with justices in the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which upheld a summary judgement for the city and the officer who brought felony intimidation charges. Shirlena Barnes shouted epithets and wrote Facebook posts… Read More »

Felony Murder Appeal Dies in US Supreme Court

The Illinois law that makes liable those who cause another’s death in the commission of a forcible crime stands after the US Supreme Court declined to hear the petition of a Chicago man convicted of so-called felony murder. The decision by justices at the nation’s highest court means that John Givens will continue to serve… Read More »

Motion Faults State for Prison Mental Health Standards

Advocates are aiming to hold the state of Illinois in contempt for failure to comply with federal court order to shore up facilities and improve standards of treatment for prison inmates with mental illness. They filed a motion US District Court asking Judge Micheal Mihm to compel the state’s private-sector contractor for prison system healthcare… Read More »