We recently posted about Judge Posner's thoughts on the Crawford voter-id opinion he authored. Based on an excerpt from his book "Reflections on Judging," he seemed to hint that he didn't agree with the direction the case took -- the view that the "law [is] now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than fraud prevention."
Recent Court News Decisions
Reporting on a depressing case of child pornography was just too much for us, so we're trying to even things out, if possible, by letting you in on other judicial related news from around the 7th Circuit ...
New Law School Dedication
Indiana Tech is dedicating its new law school in Fort Wayne on September 14, 2013, reports the Daily Reporter. The charter class began session on August 26th. For the dedication ceremony, Judge Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit is speaking, along with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
If there's one list you don't want to appear on as a judge, it's probably a list of "judges you'd totally want to hang out with this weekend." Especially, if it's because of your ability to procure "really good drugs," as Above the Law likes to put it.
But it looks like that's exactly what former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook has done.
Chances are if you have insomnia and watch late-night TV, you've probably seen Kevin Trudeau trying to sell you something. You're too smart for that of course, but 25 million Americans weren't, reports the Daily Mail.
Kevin Trudeau has reportedly made millions out of duping the American public into buying his life-enhancing (and purportedly life-saving) products ... which is funny considering Trudeau has no medical training and a few criminal convictions, according to the Daily Mail. But, the FTC has been diligently working over a decade to bring Trudeau -- and his false claims -- to justice.
In December, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 decision that an Illinois ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional.
In striking the law, Judge Richard Posner said that Illinois had to provide the court with more than merely a rational basis for asserting that its sweeping ban was justified by an increase in public safety. The court, however, stayed its ruling for 180 days to allow the Illinois legislature to craft a new gun law.
The decision was controversial, particularly after the Sandy Hook school shooting that happened only three days later, but controversy isn't enough to guarantee en banc rehearing. Last week, the Seventh Circuit declined to reconsider its decision.
Maybe you have seen Exit Through the Gift Shop, a delightful documentary about a French guy trying to make a documentary about the street art movement. There are several scenes in which police officers try to thwart the artists/hooligans' attempts to leave their marks on buildings. The aforementioned French guy caught the interactions on tape.
Cop-recording can be controversial. Most police officers don't want bystanders to tape them while they're working, and some cops will intimidate or arrest people who try to film them with their cellphones. Citizens who try to record the police -- like the Frenchman in the film -- are often told to shut off their cameras.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is heading back to law school.
Appellate judges occasionally like to descend from their lofty lairs to mingle with commoners and law students. In that spirit, a three-judge panel will hear oral arguments at Notre Dame Law School on October 1. The appellate court will consider three cases in this special session:
When the Chicago Teachers Union strike started Monday, teachers no longer had to worry about getting arrested for lingering in areas where "disorderly conduct" was occurring.
That’s because the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals had just enjoined a Chicago ordinance which criminalized a person's refusal to leave a scene of disorderly conduct when asked by a police officer.
George Ryan has to serve the rest of his prison term, according to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Chicago-based court denied the former Illinois governor's appeal seeking release from prison on Monday, reports The Associated Press.
Few judges can hand down a benchslap with the same panache as our current law crush, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook.
This week, Judge Easterbrook told District Judge Michael J. Reagan that he was three kinds of wrong for refusing to screen an Illinois prisoner Anthony Wheeler’s complaint alleging that prison officials had failed to provide effective medical care for his “golf-ball-size hemorrhoids,” leaving him in excruciating pain. (According to Judge Easterbrook, “Documents submitted with the complaint show that Wheeler is not fantasizing.” Yikes.)