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Feb 27, 2014

‘Culture of brutality’ in Chicago jail charged in lawsuit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prisoners at Cook County Jail in Chicago live in fear due to a “culture of brutality and lawlessness” that subjects them to physical abuse by guards, charged a lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago on Thursday.

The civil rights complaint, brought on behalf of about 2,000 male prisoners, claims that detainees at the nation’s largest single-site jail are stomped, kicked, punched and slammed to the floor by officers. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court contends that the conditions flourish in large part because of the county’s failure to address overcrowding.

Feb 26, 2014

Central Illinois county allows gay marriage, follows Chicago ruling

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Same-sex couples in the central Illinois county that includes the state’s largest university can get a marriage license immediately and won’t have to wait to tie the knot until a state law legalizing gay marriage takes effect in June, the county clerk said Wednesday.

The decision by the Champaign County clerk followed a federal judge’s ruling last week that allowed same-sex couples in Cook County, which includes Chicago, to wed immediately.

Feb 20, 2014

Probe into Wisconsin governor expanded before vote: documents

MILWAUKEE/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Investigators looking into possible wrongdoing by Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expanded their probe the day before he was elected governor in 2010, seizing computers and hard drives from his offices, documents revealed on Wednesday.

The documents were released in connection with a criminal case involving a former Walker aide, as part of an investigation into county workers illegally campaigning for Republican candidates when Walker was working as county executive.

Feb 19, 2014

Documents released in probe of former aide to Wisconsin governor

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Journalists and opponents of Wisconsin governor and possible Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker on Wednesday were poring over some 28,000 pages of newly released documents connected to a criminal investigation into a former Walker aide.

The documents involve Kelly Rindfleisch, deputy chief of staff to Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive, who is appealing her conviction for misconduct in public office. A state appellate judge ordered the documents unsealed at the request of news organizations.

Feb 14, 2014

Corvettes swallowed by Kentucky sinkhole may take weeks to retrieve

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Eight collector Corvettes that were swallowed by a sinkhole beneath a Kentucky museum may be stuck in the pit for weeks before General Motors Co can attempt to restore them, officials said on Thursday.

The historic cars, including the millionth Corvette built in 1992, fell up to 30 feet on Wednesday in a scene captured by security cameras at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Feb 14, 2014

U.S. prosecutors to appeal probation for Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday filed an appeal of the sentence of probation that kept billionaire Beanie Babies soft toy creator Ty Warner out of jail for his conviction on tax evasion.

Warner pleaded guilty in October to tax evasion and in January was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Chicago to two years probation and at least 500 hours community service that includes mentoring high school students.

Feb 8, 2014

Three convicted of some charges tied to 2012 Chicago NATO plot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three men accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets during a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago were convicted by a jury Friday on mob action and arson charges, but acquitted on terrorism-related charges, a setback for prosecutors.

The men, known as the “NATO 3,” had faced seven charges each, including conspiracy to commit terrorism under a state anti-terrorism law adopted after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Feb 7, 2014

Chicago jury deliberates in alleged NATO summit attack plot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago jury began deliberations on Thursday in the trial of three men who face terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack high-profile targets during a 2012 NATO summit.

A prosecutor said in closing arguments in Cook County Circuit Court that the so-called “NATO 3″ were bent on mayhem. Defense attorneys described the three as drunken braggarts who had talked big to impress undercover officers.

Feb 6, 2014

Closing arguments in trial in alleged NATO summit attack plot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three men accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets during a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago were bent on mayhem, a prosecutor said in closing arguments on Thursday.

But a defense attorney said the three only talked big to impress undercover officers.

Feb 6, 2014

Trial of men accused of planning attacks at Chicago NATO summit nears end

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prosecutors call the three men terrorists, defense attorneys say they were clueless stoners, and jurors could soon decide the guilt or innocence of the trio accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago.

Closing arguments are expected on Thursday in the Chicago criminal trial of the so-called NATO 3 defendants – Brian Jacob Church, 22, and Brent Betterly, 25, both of Florida, and Jared Chase, 29, of New Hampshire.