Seventh Circuit

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28 Feb, 2023

Federal Courts Explained—Seventh Circuit

2023-02-28T14:28:51-06:00February 28th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

The United States federal court system is a hierarchical structure consisting of three levels: the district courts, the courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. District courts are trial-level courts who have jurisdiction over a wide range of federal cases, including criminal cases, civil cases involving federal law, and cases involving federal agencies. The courts [...]

12 Sep, 2017

Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner Retires

2019-03-18T18:47:15-05:00September 12th, 2017|Tags: , |

The legal world was shocked when the infamous Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced his retirement last week, effective immediately. Judge Posner is well-known in the legal community for being witty and outspoken, sometimes courting controversy with his statements. Though his retirement is seen as abrupt, [...]

8 May, 2012

Seventh Circuit Throws Out Ban On Audio Recording Police Officers

2019-03-18T18:47:45-05:00May 8th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Illinois has one of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to people audio recording police officers in public. But then again, Illinois is also known for a long history of police corruption, and maybe the State thought it could prevent a few civil rights settlements by banning people from recording their interactions with police. Whatever the motivation behind the law, it doesn't [...]

7 Mar, 2012

The Seventh Circuit Rules that Pro Se Prisoner Missed His Chance at Resentencing

2012-03-07T07:35:57-06:00March 7th, 2012|Tags: , , |

I wrote this past year about the obstacles that prisoners filing pro se face when challenging their convictions and sentences. The Seventh Circuit's opinion today in United States v. Wyatt kind of typifies the problems inherent in a system that requires uneducated prisoners to fend for themselves and learn the law within a year in order to meet [...]