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Illinois Court Ruling Could Reinstate Hundreds of Deputies, Cost Taxpayers Millions in Back Pay

Illinois Court Ruling Could Reinstate Hundreds of Deputies, Cost Taxpayers Millions in Back Pay

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois’ Supreme Court has upheld a decision based on a technicality to reinstate a deputy who was fired in 2012, which means the Cook County Sheriff’s Office may also have to rehire and reimburse millions of dollars of back pay to hundreds of deputies. ...

Mistrial Declared for Four Men in 2014 Armed Standoff

Mistrial Declared for Four Men in 2014 Armed Standoff

The Associated Press reports that a Nevada federal judge declared a mistrial this week in a case against four men who allegedly led an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014 during a dispute over cattle grazing. Las Vegas Chief U.S. Judge Gloria Navarro declared the mistrial and dismissed jur...

Croatian War Criminal Commits Suicide via Poison in Court

Croatian War Criminal Commits Suicide via Poison in Court

The NY Times reports that a Croatian war criminal committed suicide by drinking poison in court last month. In the courtroom, judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia were set to deliver their rulings on appeals of Croatia’s involvement in the Bosnian conflict f...

Circuit Court Says Metro Buses OK to Refuse Religious Christmas Ads

Circuit Court Says Metro Buses OK to Refuse Religious Christmas Ads

Courthousenews.com reports that a Washington, D.C. circuit court has issued an order that will result in city buses without Christmas advertisements this year. The Archdiocese requested an injunction while filing for an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling that the buses do not have to display t...

Michigan Teachers to Get $550 Million Back In Retirement Healthcare Payments

Michigan Teachers to Get $550 Million Back In Retirement Healthcare Payments

MLive.com reports that the Michigan Supreme Court has upheld a lower courts’ determination that the 3% of teachers’ salaries collected between 2010 and 2013 for healthcare in retirement was in fact illegal and should be refunded. The funds were originally collected per a 2010 statute ...

Convicted Murderer Blows Farewell Kiss to Victim’s Family, Gets Life Sentence

Convicted Murderer Blows Farewell Kiss to Victim’s Family, Gets Life Sentence

FOX News reports that Jeffrey Willis was convicted of killing a 36-year-old woman in Michigan and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. Willis made headlines when he blew a kiss to the courtroom as he was leaving during the sentencing hearing. The judge, William Marietti, approved his request to...

Grand Jury Report Says Penn State Culture Partly to Blame for Hazing Death

Grand Jury Report Says Penn State Culture Partly to Blame for Hazing Death

NBC News reports that a grand jury has blamed Penn State University for allowing a culture of underage drinking and hazing that caused the death of a fraternity pledge last February. The jury published a report stating that school administrators “displayed shocking apathy to the potential dang...

Alleged Car Driver in Charlottesville Rally Murder Faces First-Degree Charges

Alleged Car Driver in Charlottesville Rally Murder Faces First-Degree Charges

The Associated Press reports that James Alex Fields, the man charged with driving into a crowd of people at a protest in Charlottesville, now faces a first degree murder charge. Fields appeared for a preliminary hearing, where Judge Robert Downer Jr. approved the prosecution’s request to amend...

Judge Orders Hastert to Stay Away from Porn and Minors

Judge Orders Hastert to Stay Away from Porn and Minors

NBC News reports that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been banned by a federal judge from possessing or purchasing porn, or being in the presence of a minor. The decision comes after Hastert served 15 months for covering up accusations of child molestation. The judge’s order read, &...

Ex-Porn Star Sentenced to Life for Nearly Decapitating Boyfriend

Ex-Porn Star Sentenced to Life for Nearly Decapitating Boyfriend

FOX News reports that ex-porn star David Meza, 27, of California has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal 2015 murder of his boyfriend in an attempt to inherit his condo and fortune. Jake Merendino, 51, of Texas inherited his wealth from his parents, who both worked for ExxonMobil. He ...