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Appeals Court Stays Conviction of Strip Mall Shooter

A man who wounded a cop when retaliating against a street gang must continue serving a long prison sentence after an appellate panel ruled that he was fairly tried in Cook County Circuit Court. Rashaun Carlisle claimed his attempted murder conviction was prejuduced because a jury didn’t get to hear from a ballistics expert that… Read More »

Biggers Factors Key Credibility in Armed Robbery Appeal

A Chicago man will serve out his four-year sentence after an appellate panel ruled that federal case law supported his victim’s claim in a 2016 armed robbery. Justin Blankenship told a Cook County judge that he’d never encountered Dewantez Daniels until the day Daniels hassled him about stealing his smartphone. Daniels got a look at… Read More »

Retirees Retain Healthcare in ERISA Appeal

Private equity investors are on the hook for health insurance after a federal appeals court ruled that ownership must abide by a benefits agreement made before it acquired the company. Retirees challenged the move by the Carlyle Group to cancel a 2002 agreement reached between an AFL-CIO local and the then-owners of a Riverdale manufacturer that… Read More »

Expungment of Pot Convictions Begins in Cook County

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberley Foxx made good her promise to clear the court records of those convicted of marijuana offenses, filing motions in the first 1,000 of what officials say could be as many as 700,000 cases ahead of legalization of the drug for recreational use. Calling the effort the most equitable justice reform… Read More »

Federal Discrimination Appeal Fails on Procedure

A Schaumberg woman’s discrimination suit against a federal agency failed when judges in the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that the US Social Security Agency acted properly when it hired another candidate. Risa Stegall sued the SSA after being denied a position as a service representative. She claimed the agency withdrew an offer… Read More »

Are IDs for Gun Owners Unconstitutional?

An appeals panel in Springfield won’t say, but judges agree that Second Amendment advocates make a compelling argument. That’s because few states are as restrictive as Illinois when it comes to gun ownership. Further, the 4th District Appellate Court said the state hasn’t yet proved that Firearms Ownership Identity Cards are beneficial to the wellbeing… Read More »

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 »