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Name Change Appeal Fails Due to Citizenship Conundrum

A transgender individual seeking a name change in Indiana has been denied that right by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the court did not rule against the individual person so much as they rigidly applied the law to the case at hand, as this was no ordinary......

Morning Docket: 02.21.18

Lawyers for Brendan Dassey of Making a Murderer have filed a writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to review a decision made by the en banc Seventh Circuit that upheld his conviction for murder. Earlier, a federal magistrate overturned his conviction and a panel of the Seventh Circuit affirmed. Show More Summary

Lawyer's Mistake Dooms Client's Case at 7th Circuit

Once in a while, a case matters more to the lawyer than to the client. That is no doubt the case in Jaworski v. Master Hand Contractors. The defendant appealed a $340,000 judgment, but the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. Unfortunately for defense counsel, the appeals court......

Senate Republicans Are About to Break Precedent to Move This “Far-Right” Judge Forward

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Michael Brennan to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which oversees district courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Brennan came to wide attention after a January hearing where he could not answer questions from Senator […]

Supreme Court Lawyers Join Brendan Dassey Legal Team

The seemingly never-ending justice roller coaster for Brendan Dassey just keeps going and going. After his successful appeal was overturned by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals en banc, a petition was filed with SCOTUS to challenge the circuit's decision. Recently, it was announced that Dassey's legal team has......

Morning Docket: 02.13.18

Trump tabs Skadden partner Michael Scudder for Seventh Circuit seat. Here's some quotes from James Comey praising Scudder, so we know the Deep State must be happy. [National Law Journal] Yes, it's accurate to say that the specific job...Show More Summary

Parents, Not Starbucks, Liable for Child's Lost Finger

Sadly for the parents of a child in Illinois that lost his middle finger due to an injury at a Starbucks, the Seventh Circuit unanimously refused to overturn the lower district court's grant of summary judgment dismissing the claim over the child's lost finger. The court found that Starbucks......

Murdering Spouse Can't Inherit, Even If Not Guilty by Insanity

A rather narrow yet fascinating issue just got a definitive answer from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Even if a jury finds an accused murderer not guilty by reason of insanity, if the accused did it, they can't inherit from their victim. Out of context, it sounds really......

7th Circuit Pioneer Joins Jones Day to Fight for Rule of Law

Ann Claire Williams, who was the first African-American woman appointed to the Seventh Circuit, says she's using her Big Law platform to try to enhance the rule of law in Africa.       

Teens Win Coerced Confession Case

Judge Diane Wood must be over it with coercive police interrogations. Writing for the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, she reviewed a complaint by teenagers who allegedly confessed to murdering their uncle. Calling out the cops facing civil liability in the case, Wood sets off every so-called "confession"......

Seventh Circuit Rules Against Expanding Territorial Voting Rights”

Release: Late yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against expanding territorial voting rights in Segovia v. United States.  The case presented an equal protection challenge by plaintiffs in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands … Continue reading ?

Trans Student Wins $800K From School District Forbidding His Bathroom Rights

2 months agoLGBT / Gay :

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Kenosha Unified School District had unconsitutionally and illegally singled out Whitaker.

Posner Going Back to Court -- as an Advocate

Former Judge Richard Posner may have retired, but he definitely is not going away. He ruled for almost 37 years at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, then abruptly turned his attention to reforming the court system by helping pro se litigants. However, the U.S. Fourth Circuit said......

Court: Brendan Dassey's 'Making a Murderer' Confession Was Voluntary

If the U.S.Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals were a trial court, Brendan Dassey would be a free man now. The appeals court split over the case, voting 4-3 that Dassey's murder confession was voluntary. The dissent said the 16-year-old's confession came through a "perfect storm" of interrogations. "No reasonable......

Morning Docket: 12.11.17

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Sitting en banc, the Seventh Circuit reinstated the conviction of Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey in a split decision. If you recall, Dassey's conviction was overturned by a federal magistrate in June 2016, and that ruling was later affirmed by a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit this June. Show More Summary

‘MaM’: SCOTUS Next Step For Brendan Dassey Appeal

Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey won’t be home for Christmas, and he’ll miss WrestleMania again after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2016 ruling that the confession he gave in the 2005 murder of Wisconsin photographer...Show More Summary

Motion Advice From Seventh Circuit Judge David Hamilton

Judge David Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has some rather novel advice for lawyers that would likely make his former colleague, Judge Posner, smile ear to ear: Pick up the phone and call (or email) opposing counsel before filing your motion with the court, especially those......

Federal Appellate Judge Provides 'Helpful' Tip for Litigators

Judge David Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has a rather simple and helpful tip for litigators filing administrative motions: Talk to your adversary before filing the motion. As Judge Hamilton explains in a recent order granting a motion for two pending appeals to be consolidated along......

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

The Courts of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits upheld laws restricting retail sales of companion animals from puppy mills and other unscrupulous breeders where animals are often raised in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Show More Summary

Confirmed, Again: $4.2M Class Action Award for Junk Faxes

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was tasked again with reviewing a class action matter that involved an attorney who sent thousands of unsolicited "junk faxes" to prospective clients. This is the third time that this same junk fax case has been before this circuit. While sending unsolicited solicitations......

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