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Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court on Wednesday sentenced [press release] former North Carolina State Assembly member Stephen Laroque to 24 months in prison for embezzling [LII backgrounder] hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit he ran. Last January Laroque plead guilty to taking money from East Carolina Development Co., … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official site] just before a midnight deadline on Monday, challenging Blagojevich's conviction and sentencing. Blagojevich was found guilty on 18 charges of corruption in his second trial … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled Wednesday that a campaign finance law limiting political contributions can remain in effect until at least the November 6 elections. In particular, the three-judge panel refused to grant [Reuters report] a request by the Illinois Liberty Political … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] an Illinois state law that requires all organizations to disclose their funding sources, including groups that do not focus on elections. In a 2-1 ruling, the Seventh Circuit rejected arguments [Reuters report] by the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ordered [order list, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] to reconsider former Illinois governor George Ryan's appeal in light of Wood v. Milyard [SCOTUS blog backgrounder; JURIST report]. Wood, which was decided just last week, … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] John Harris, former chief of staff to Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive], was sentenced to 10 days in prison this week in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] for his part in trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. USA [JURIST report] that graphic cigarette label warnings [JURIST news archive] are constitutional. The court decided unanimously that the portions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] Tuesday struck down two recently-enacted parts of the Illinois Election Code [text] designed to cap campaign contributions. Judge Marvin Aspen issued an injunction [order, PDF] against the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) [official … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive] filed notice Tuesday that they will appeal his conviction and 14-year sentence on corruption charges. Judge James Zagel of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] handed down the sentence [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive] was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison on corruption charges. Judge James Zagel of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] handed down the sentence after Blagojevich made a public apology in court … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Monday indefinitely delayed the sentencing of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Blagojevich was scheduled to be sentenced on October 6 after he was convicted [JURIST report] in June … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive, convicted last month of fraud, bribery, and extortion, filed a motion Monday for a retrial. Last month, Blagojevich was convicted [JURIST report] by a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An appeals court on Wednesday rejected convicted former Illinois governor George Ryan's appeal seeking to overturn his 2006 conviction on corruption charges. The 77-year-old Ryan was convicted [JURIST report] in 2006 on multiple counts of corruption and fraud [indictment, PDF] in connection with a bribes-for-licenses scandal that occurred during … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Monday convicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive] on 17 of 20 counts including attempting to sell the US Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. The jury convicted … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday went on trial [criminal complaint] for a second time on corruption charges, including one that he tried to sell President Barack Obama's vacant US Senate seat. Blagojevich tried to avoid the trial last month, but a federal … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2011

Courtney Minick [Board Member, Death Penalty Focus]: "Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill to ban the use of the death penalty in Illinois. The state has been wrestling with the issue of capital punishment for over ten years. Senate Bill 3539 was passed in both houses of the Illinois … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday declined to formally rule on the request by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] to cancel his retrial [JURIST report], claiming that the motion was neither serious, nor did it raise a legal question. Earlier this month, Blagojevich's lawyers submitted a motion … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday asked a federal judge to cancel his retrial [motion to dismiss] and sentence him on the single charge on which was originally convicted. Blagojevich was found guilty [JURIST report] last year of making false statements to the FBI, but … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Thursday granted federal prosecutors' motion to dismiss three charges against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] in an apparent effort to simply their case before the April 20 retrial. Judge James … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Wednesday refused to overturn [order, PDF] a false statements conviction assessed against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Blagojevich argued that his sole conviction of making false statements to … [read more]

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