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Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrives to watch Amy Coney Barrett take the Constitutional Oath in Washington in 2020. Virginia Thomas has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to her lawyer. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File

Virginia Thomas agrees to testify in voluntary Jan. 6 panel interview

Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, her lawyer said Wednesday.
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‘Serial’ subject Adnan Syed free after murder convicton tossed

A Baltimore judge on Monday ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning Syed’s conviction for the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee — a case that was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial,” a true-crime series that transfixed listeners and revolutionized the genre.
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2 Chicago police officers charged in shooting that hurt unarmed man

Two Chicago police officers face felony charges for allegedly shooting and seriously wounding an unarmed man during a July shootout on the city’s southwest side that also wounded a second man, authorities said Friday.

BIPA lawsuit by plasma donors can proceed, federal judge rules

A group of plasma donation centers will have to face claims they violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting and storing donors’ fingerprints without their consent, a federal judge ruled.

First Amendment suit can continue in firing over social media posts critical of CPS

A federal judge declined to dismiss a case a former employee of Northwestern University brought against the Chicago Board of Education, alleging her First Amendment rights were violated when she was fired after making social media posts critical of Chicago Public Schools.

Illinois Supreme Court denies back pay for legislators, rules on FOIA, CTA cases

The Illinois Supreme Court issued nine opinions Thursday, including rulings on back pay for legislators, a wrongful death suit against the Chicago Transit Authority and the Freedom of Information Act.

Illinois Supreme Court disbars 5 attorneys, suspends 16 in fall term

The Illinois Supreme Court announced five disbarments and 16 suspensions in its September term, with the disbarred including a former Cook County judge and the suspended including two St. Louis attorneys who made news for brandishing guns during a protest outside their home.

Cook judge on restricted duty over domestic battery charge

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Carl B. Boyd of the 6th Municipal District in Markham has been placed on restricted duties after he was arrested on a domestic battery charge Wednesday, the Office of the Chief Judge announced.
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