Illinois Supreme Court To Hear $10B Cigarette Lawsuit AppealLast year, an appellate court reinstated a 2003 local verdict that Phillip Morris broke state law by marketing "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes as safer than others.
Judge Calls Same-Sex Marriage Bans "Savage Discrimination"Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
Wisconsin, Indiana Set To Defend Gay Marriage BansThe legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago, where nearly 200 people lined up hoping to hear arguments in a case challenging gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.
Arguments In Terrorism Suspect's Hearing Focus On Secret FISA RecordsA federal appeals court in Chicago heard rare oral arguments on Wednesday related to surveillance questions raised by disclosures from onetime government contractor Edward Snowden.
Blagojevich Appeal Hearing Focuses On What's Legal PoliticsBlagojevich's attorneys want the court to toss his corruption convictions or at least agree to slash years off his 14-year prison term, which is one of the longest ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors have ended up in prison.
Blagojevich Defense Team Files Final Brief On AppealRod Blagojevich's lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.
Ryan Waiting For Hearing On Latest Bid To Go FreeLawyers for former Governor George Ryan say they are waiting for a federal appeals court to set a date for arguments in their latest attempt to get Ryan freed from prison.