The Metropolitan Correctional Center in July 2019. A federal judge dismissed a detainee’s excessive force lawsuit against a prison official after finding the officer’s actions at the South Loop facility were an appropriate response to a knifepoint hostage situation. – AP Photo/Amr Alfiky

Hostage taker’s excessive force suit tossed

A detainee who took a prison caseworker hostage at knifepoint does not have a claim of excessive force against an officer who helped rescue the victim, a federal judge held.

Pavalon was leader in plaintiff’s bar

Eugene I. Pavalon, a founder of plaintiff’s firm Pavalon & Gifford, died May 26 at age 87.

Feds charge five in downtown Chicago riots

A 31-year-old Pilsen man who set fire to a police car on North State Street is the fifth person to face federal charges following violence and vandalism in the city this past weekend, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced Tuesday.

In Brief: June 4

Black state lawmakers call for special session // Reporter sues Pritzker over revoked press credentials // SCOTUS declines to hear Illinois church lawsuits

No more surprise visits to Cicero nursing home, judge rules

Cicero officials won’t be allowed to make a second unannounced visit at a nursing home where several residents have died of COVID-19, a Cook County judge ruled Monday.

City settles impounding suit for $5M

The city of Chicago agreed to pay nearly $5 million to resolve claims that police violated the due process rights of car owners whose vehicles were impounded for purported drug offenses.

Social distancing measures remain in place at county jail  

Measures designed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the Cook County Jail will remain in place — at least until a federal appeals court takes a look at them.

ARDC panel urges sanction for foul-mouthed deposition

An attorney who swore at opposing counsel during a deposition and made false statements about a judge in a court filing should face a three-month suspension, an Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board panel found.
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