CHICAGO (AP) — The Justice Department found that the former head of the U.S. Marshals Service's Chicago office who stepped down last year without explanation made an "inappropriate comment about...
CHICAGO (AP) — A chief federal judge in Chicago took a swipe at President Donald Trump on Thursday and declared the U.S. war on drugs "lost" as he handed a lenient sentence to a one-time cartel...
Chicago-based US court to get 1st female chief judge
CHICAGO (AP) — The federal court for northern Illinois is getting its first female chief judge.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports Rebecca Pallmeyer will take over from the Chicago-based...
Federal court system in Illinois marks 200th year
CHICAGO (AP) — The federal court system in Illinois where Abraham Lincoln argued cases before becoming president and where Al Capone saw his Prohibition Era crime spree come to an end is marking...
Federal judge gives green light to patient privacy lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has refused to toss a lawsuit accusing an Illinois investigator of violating privacy rights of two patients by seizing their files from their psychotherapist.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo's ruling stemmed from a suit brought by the patients.
Chicago US court suspends some civil cases during shutdown
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. District Court in Chicago is among the federal courts nationwide suspending civil cases where one party is the federal government.
Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo issued a Wednesday order suspending all such civil litigation for two weeks because of the government shutdown that began last week.
Among the suspended cases are ones where people are suing the U.S. government to get Social Security money they say they are owed.
US Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin in Chicago dies
CHICAGO (AP) — The chief judge of the Chicago-based federal court says U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin has died. He was 63.
A statement from Chief Judge Ruben Castillo says Martin died Thursday. It doesn't provide a cause of death.
Martin became a magistrate judge in the northern Illinois district in 2012. He previously worked for 28 years as an attorney for the Federal Defender Program.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A second California man accused of trafficking a variety of drugs in Ketchikan has pleaded guilty to a charge of methamphetamine conspiracy.
Alfonso Francisco Sandoval entered his guilty plea in federal court Thursday in Juneau, the Ketchikan Daily News reported . He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.
Lawyers for Chicago, man shot by officer settle lawsuit
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago and the plaintiff in a federal lawsuit alleging misconduct by police have settled the case.
Opening statements were given Monday in the lawsuit filed by Erick Fields, who was shot in 2011 by Chicago police when an officer mistook a socket wrench in the man's hand for a gun. The shooting occurred in the 37-year-old Fields' garage as he was changing his car's license plate. Authorities say officers were investigating a report of shots fired.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says a purported bodyguard for a son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can't fight drug-trafficking charges in Chicago based on allegations authorities in Mexico tortured him while U.S. agents stood by.
The ruling Tuesday in Jesus Raul Beltran-Leon's case rejected defense requests for documents on U.S. law enforcement policy in Mexico.
CHICAGO (AP) — The chief judge for U.S. District Court in Chicago says a pay raise for federal jurors in a bill signed by President Donald Trump could improve jury diversity.
U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo told the Chicago Tribune the increase for jurors from $40 to $50 a day should make it more financially feasible for lower income residents to serve.
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Monday urged federal law enforcement across the country to stop conducting stings in which undercover agents talk suspects into agreeing to steal non-existent drugs from non-existent stash houses, saying they overwhelmingly target blacks, are deeply flawed and should become a relic of the past.
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago on Monday urged federal law enforcement to stop conducting stings in which undercover agents talk suspects into agreeing to steal non-existent drugs from fictitious stash houses, saying they too often target minorities and should become a relic of the past.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's call for phony stash-house stings to end (all times local):
A federal judge in Chicago says law enforcement must stop conducting phony stash-house stings, calling them "lucrative traps" predominantly targeting minorities that should "be regulated to the dark corridors of the past."
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in a civil case focused on a 2003 attack by terrorists backed by the Iranian government says the Trump administration has notified the court that it is complying with the 2015 multiparty deal designed to restrict Iran's nuclear program.
Plea deals offered in stings critics call racially biased
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have told a judge they'll offer plea deals to 43 defendants charged in phony stash-house stings that critics say are racially biased.
That revelation came at a Wednesday hearing in Chicago federal court as U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo prepares to rule on whether bias against blacks and Hispanics underpins the stings.
US judge calls torture claims in cartel case ‘very serious’
CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge has given prosecutors until Feb. 6 to respond to allegations that Mexican authorities tortured a purported bodyguard for one of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's sons while American agents looked on.
U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo described Jesus Raul Beltran-Leon's allegations as "very serious" during a hearing Tuesday in Chicago, to where he was extradited in January to face drug trafficking charges.
CHICAGO (AP) — A 93-year-old judge who issued rulings on everything from desegregation to prisoners' rights is retiring after nearly four decades on the federal bench in Illinois.
Chicago's U.S. District Court announced Tuesday that Milton Shadur will be retiring effective next month.
Among the thousands of cases he's presided over was a copyright lawsuit brought by NBA superstar Michael Jordan.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago says he's concerned a plan to turn several nearby buildings into apartments could jeopardize courthouse security.
Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo says some spaces of the now-mostly empty buildings would have a direct view of courtrooms and judge's chambers if they're developed.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ex-inmates have appeared in Chicago federal court, not to face charges, but to receive certificates for completing a program that helps one-time convicts reintegrate into society.
Latif Jones told a graduation ceremony he once cried in shame at being sentenced for bank robbery. He said he cried at Thursday's event from joy.
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge who presided over a civil case that prompted "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to drop plans for a Chicago museum has died.
A statement from the chief judge for the northern Illinois federal court says Judge John Darrah died Thursday at age 78. It didn't provide details.
Ruben Castillo says the President Bill Clinton appointee showed an "incredible sense of fairness" during 17 years on the Chicago-based bench. His career included stints as a public defender and prosecutor.
Money-launderer for Sinaloa cartel sentenced to 8 years
CHICAGO (AP) — A money-launderer and associate of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo sentenced 29-year-old Edgar Manuel Valencia Ortega on Friday in Chicago and noted he laundered millions of dollars in drug money. The judge said Ortega was unusual because he started out near the top of the Sinaloa drug cartel.