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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 »

Appeal Fails Strickland Test in CPD Miranda Ruling

A felon who said counsel failed him by opting to withdraw a motion for suppression of evidence failed to prove his case in the 7th Circuit Appellate Court, where judges ruled that he’d have been convicted regardless of comments made to a Chicago cop after a foot chase. Walter Ross voluntereed that knew nothing about… Read More »

Panel Again Faults Judge in Second Sentencing Appeal

A felon who punched a cop during a weapons arrest will see his time in jail reduced thanks to a panel of judges in the 7th Circuit Appellate Court, who remanded his case for a second time after judges in district court failed to adequately explain their sentencing decisions. Brandon Schoffner earned the same seven-year… Read More »

Weed Still Illegal in Public Housing

Those receiving federal subsidies could find themselves out on the street if they are found using marijuana in public housing when recreational marijuana use becomes legal at the turn of the year.  That’s because the US government classes pot as a controlled substance, with penalties for possession and use. Owners and administrators at projects in… Read More »

CPD Terry Stop Stands in Armed Offender Appeal

A Chicago man’s failure to comply provided justification for admitting into evidence the semi-automatic pistol that earned him a prison term as an armed habitual criminal, according to the 1st District Appellate Court. Judges there affirmed a Cook County circuit decision to let stand the Terry stop of DeAndre McMichaels, who challenged the CPD violated… Read More »