September 28, 1991 |
A former judge was charged in Chicago with accepting bribes to fix cases, including at least one in which defendants were charged with murder. Thomas Maloney, 66, who retired last year after 13 years as a Cook County judge, was charged with conspiracy, extortion and obstruction of justice in an indictment announced by the Justice Department. Maloney had been implicated in testimony during previous trials of other judges caught in an investigation of judicial corruption in Chicago.
April 26, 1991 |
Five current or former corporate executives of a wire-coating plant were "careless housekeepers," but not criminals, a judge said Thursday in acquitting them of knowingly exposing employees to dangerous working conditions. Criminal Court Judge Earl Strayhorn said prosecutors failed to prove that the Chicago Magnet Wire Corp. officials intentionally subjected workers to toxicity exceeding federal standards.
February 20, 1993 |
A federal judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit that blamed the city for last year's underground flooding that caused more than $1 billion in damage. The city claims Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. is responsible for the April 13 flood because of work it did in 1991 replacing wooden pilings in the Chicago River to protect a bridge. But Great Lakes sued the city last October, saying it would not have done the work had the city told it about a 50-mile-long tunnel system under the downtown area.
March 7, 2012 |
Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility have been ordered to disclose details on the development of the Android operating system to rival Apple Inc. The order came down Monday from Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner in U.S. District Court in Chicago as part of an ongoing patent suit between Apple and Motorola Mobility over Android. Posner also ordered the two companies to provide information on Google's ongoing purchase of Motorola Mobility, as well as Google's purchase of Android Inc. in 2005.
June 29, 2010 |
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and states must abide by the 2nd Amendment, strengthening the rights of gun owners and opening courthouse doors nationwide for gun rights advocates to argue that restrictions on firearms are unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision, the justices said the right to have a handgun for self-defense is "fundamental from an American perspective [and] applies equally to the federal government and the states." The high court overturned 19th century rulings that said the 2nd Amendment restricted only federal gun laws, not local or state measures.
March 25, 1997 |
Judges in three states rejected the request of tobacco industry lawyers that Liggett Group Inc. be prevented from turning over for judicial review documents containing potentially explosive information. A federal judge in Texarkana, Texas, and state court judges in Chicago and Laurel, Miss., all issued restraining orders directing the four other U.S. tobacco companies--Philip Morris Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Inc. and BAT Industries' Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.