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Attorney Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez walks with clients Abimbola Osundairo, left, and Olabinjo Osundairo, far right, as they arrive at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse to testify in the trial of actor Jussie Smollett Thursday in Chicago. Smollett’s legal team was seeking to dent the credibility of Olabinjo, a state witness, who testified that Smollett recruited him and his brother to stage a racist, homophobic attack three years ago. The man trailing the trio identified himself as a bodyguard. – Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo

Smollett lawyer suggests star witness sought money, fame

Jussie Smollett’s legal team suggested Thursday that a star state witness who testified that the former “Empire” actor recruited him and his brother to stage a fake attack isn’t credible and that he was trying to further his career and make money off his relationship with the actor.
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Police: Jussie Smollett ‘upset’ camera didn’t record attack

Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago, appeared troubled when he was told that a surveillance camera did not record the alleged assault, a police detective testified Wednesday.

Pritzker signs new Illinois congressional map into law

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois’ new congressional district map into law Tuesday, formalizing political boundaries drawn to help Democrats in next year’s midterm elections, when Republicans are well positioned to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Clerk of Cook Circuit delivers state of court address, focuses on tech

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Iris Y. Martinez addressed technology and other issues in her first State of the Clerk’s Office address Wednesday at the Cook County Administration Building.

Cook County associate judge on restricted duty after DUI  charge

Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Mohammed M. Ghouse has been placed on restricted duty after a drunk driving charge.

Judge OK’s workplace COVID-19 death case

A Cook County Circuit Court judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a contractor accused of infecting a man who died of COVID-19 with the virus at his workplace.

Federal jury awards $1.17M to man wrongfully convicted of double homicide

A federal jury awarded $1.17 million to a man who was wrongfully convicted of a double homicide in Chicago in 2012 and spent almost two years in jail.

DuPage deputy who killed teen must face lawsuit

A federal appeals court held Monday that it lacks jurisdiction to consider whether qualified immunity shields a DuPage County sheriff’s deputy from a lawsuit filed by the estate of a 17-year-old he shot to death.
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