March 12, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of ...[read more]
December 31, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Illinois Governor Patt Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a bill that establishes new rules over how private conversations may be recorded. The new law requires that all parties involved in a private conversation give their permission to be recorded. Under the law such a conversation is defined as ...[read more]
November 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
Illinois voters on Tuesday approved the Illinois Right to Vote Amendment, which bans all voter discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or income. This provision will amend the Suffrage and Election Article of the Illinois Constitution. The ...[read more]
July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
06/26/2014: Federal judge upheld Colorado gun control laws 04/23/2014: Georgia governor signed bill expanding gun carry rights 03/31/2014: Federal judge ruled immigrants have same gun carrying rights as citizens 03/25/2014: Ninth Circuit upheld San Francisco gun control laws 02/13/2014: ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois on Monday ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the $940,000 spent on legal fees challenging gun ordinances. Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms was overturned in January after the ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses the intricacies of double jeopardy and the point at which jeopardy is thought to first occur... Double jeopardy is among the most complex doctrines of constitutional criminal procedure and ...[read more]
April 26, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday renewd claims by Apple against Google subsidiary Google's Motorola Mobility for infringing smartphone patents. Judge Richard Posner, sitting in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, dismissed both company's patent ...[read more]

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