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This artist sketch depicts White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaking in the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. Dana Verkouteren via AP

For senators, being silent jurors is hard

A widespread struggle with attention late Tuesday and early this morning as arguments in the abuse and obstruction trial stretched past midnight is a challenge anyone who’s served on a jury might understand, but senators try not to complain, given the enormous political stakes of the impeachment trial during the 2020 election year.
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Oak Park Democrat Harmon takes top Senate position

When Sen. Donald F. Harmon was sworn in as the 39th Senate president on Sunday, Sangamon County Associate Judge Rudolph M. Braud Jr. instructed the newly minted leader to raise his right hand.
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Study finds chaos in immigration courts

Shrouded in secrecy, the immigration courts run by the U.S. Department of Justice have been dysfunctional for years and have only gotten worse.

AG Raoul files amicus brief to halt courthouse arrests

The state’s top attorney is supporting a lawsuit that seeks to block federal agents from making civil immigration arrests inside and around state courthouses.

‘Frivolous’ lawsuit against Costco, Melrose Park officials dismissed

A federal judge last week dismissed a suit brought by a man who sued more than three dozen defendants after he was ticketed by police for leaving a Costco store without paying for the shrimp he allegedly ate.

Ex-student’s claims against foreign veterinary school tossed again

A federal judge has turned away an ex-student of a Caribbean veterinary school who claimed he was misled into enrolling and kicked out for exposing cheats.

Class certification denied in 'Empire' JTDC suit

Two juvenile detainees suing Cook County for placing them in lockdown to film the TV show “Empire” will have to pursue their lawsuit alone for now after Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer denied them class status.

Same-sex marriages possess equal rights despite Indiana law

The state of Indiana must issue birth certificates identifying both wives in a same-sex marriage as their children’s parents, a federal appeals court held.
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