A man wearing a blue uniform and black body armor was taken into custody Tuesday morning at a Chicago building that houses multiple courtrooms after he claimed to be a Chicago police officer and asked a Cook County sheriff’s deputy to help him sign in a semi-automatic handgun he had on his hip, authorities said.Lumani Lubemba, 32, who works for a security company but isn’t authorized to carry a gun, was taken into custody at the Daley Center and charged with impersonating a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.After his arrest deputies said they found Lubemba also had handcuffs, pepper spray, a baton, a knife and three fully-loaded magazines with 15 live 40-caliber, hollow-point bullets. At last report he was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.The Daley Center has courtrooms on multiple floors, among other Cook County offices. … [Read more...] about Security guard armed with semi-automatic handgun arrested at Chicago court building
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Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska sang the praises of digital audio recording as an alternative to court reporters at Hercules and the umpire.Digital audio recordings can be quickly uploaded for public consumption, Kopf wrote. “By uploading the digital audio recording of a trial or hearing every day to [the Case Management/Electronic Case Files system], the federal courts become more transparent to the public by an order of magnitude. The whole world can listen to a trial I conduct in Nebraska for a very small cost—if I screw up, then the whole world can know it. And, that is a VERY good thing.”Kopf thinks that phasing out stenographers as they retire and phasing in the use of digital audio recordings will save the courts money without sacrificing accuracy.Georgia appellate lawyer J. Scott Key noted Kopf’s post at Georgia Criminal Appellate Law Blog and wishes that digital audio recording would catch on in Georgia—fast. “Such a … [Read more...] about Phase out court reporters, judge says; How would a ‘price point law firm’ work?
The government started trying to deport Octavio, a Mexican immigrant, in 2007. He’s still waiting for his case to be resolved, and he will likely continue to wait until at least 2018.Octavio (the Journal is withholding his last name because of his uncertain immigration status) was subject to removal—immigration law’s term for deportation—because he’d been convicted of having false identification papers. He’d already been living in the United States for more than 10 years, had a wife with a heart condition and three stepchildren when the proceeding began in Denver.There was a backlog of cases, so Octavio couldn’t get a final hearing scheduled until early 2013—six years later. When he returned, the judge ordered him removed but said he’d reopen the case if Octavio could find evidence showing his crime did not merit removal. Having navigated the earlier hearings without counsel, Octavio hired attorney Camila Palmer to reopen his case. … [Read more...] about Legal logjam in immigration court grows to more than 540,000 cases
Updated: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun, apart from service in a militia, SCOTUSblog reports.As predicted, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in the case, District of Columbia v. Heller.Scalia writes in the decision (PDF posted by SCOTUSblog) that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep handguns for protection within the home, a traditional lawful purpose.While the decision strikes down a District of Columbia handgun ban, it emphasizes that many gun regulations are valid. “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” Scalia writes.“Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Rules 5-4 that Second Amendment Protects Right to Own Guns
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Chicago case that asks whether the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments.The name plaintiff in the Chicago case is Otis McDonald, an elderly man who keeps a shotgun at home to protect himself from gangs, the Chicago Tribune reports.The Supreme Court ruled last year in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to bear arms in Washington, D.C., a federal enclave. The decision did not determine whether the amendment restricts state and local laws under the incorporation doctrine.The new case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, was brought by Alan Gura, the Alexandria, Va., lawyer whose Second Amendment argument succeeded in the Heller case, SCOTUSblog reports. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Accepts New Second Amendment Case