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Case Digests – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Reasonable Suspicion – Suppression of Evidence

During a traffic stop, a detective and a police officer worked in tandem to search defendant Colbert’s vehicle and frisk him, uncovering on his person a brick-shaped package later confirmed to contain a controlled substance.

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Employment Law-Diversity

Village manager Thomas Barwin resigned under threat of termination two and one-half years before his pension rights vested.

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Class Action- Illinois Right of Publicity Act

Elizabeth Huston, a Good Housekeeping magazine subscriber, filed a putative class action complaint alleging a media conglomerate, Hearst Communications, Inc., violated her right of publicity by offering to sell and selling mailing lists containing her, and 9.1 million other subscribers’, identifying information.

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Entrapment- Enticement of a minor

Rafael Mercado used an Internet application to meet “Alexis,” a profile operated by a trained FBI agent conducting an undercover investigation of adults with sexual interest in children.

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False Arrest

Phillip Edward Osborne alleged that Illinois State Police Officer Shawn Myers arrested him without probable cause and therefore violated his civil rights.

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Class Action – Certification

Bennett contends that Division 10 of Cook County Jail does not satisfy the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act because it lacks the grab bars and other fixtures that disabled inmates may need in order to use showers and toilets safely.

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Reliance on nonprecedential BIA decisions

Dulce Zaragoza, a native and citizen of Mexico and a lawful permanent resident of the United States, pleaded guilty to the Indiana offense of criminal neglect of a dependent after locking her six-year-old son in a closet for six hours.

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Sentencing Guidelines

Ramirez pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B).

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Criminal Procedure-Restitution

Tracie Dickey, the leader of her own church, Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries International, claimed to be a prophet who received commands from God.

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Compassionate Release-Immunity

Ahamad Atkins, a federal inmate, sued federal judges, the prosecutor, his court-appointed attorneys, a federal court reporter, and the United States for, in his view, mishandling his criminal trial.

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Racial Discrimination – Equal Protection

Dunlevy, a white man who worked as a utility water meter reader for the City of Springfield, sued Mayor James Langfelder and the City for racial discrimination after he was fired for inaccurately reporting homeowners’ water meters.

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Qualified Immunity

Luis Roldan sued several police officers who investigated him for sexual assault. He alleged that the officers failed to disclose an agreement to help the victim apply for an immigration benefit—a U visa—in exchange for her testimony at his criminal trial.

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D&O Insurance – Untimely Notice

This insurance-coverage dispute arises from a conflict among family members over ownership interests in the family’s construction business located in Addison, Illinois. Jane Dunteman, the matriarch, held a minority stake in Du-Kane Asphalt Company and Crush Crete, Inc., two companies owned and operated by her husband, Paul Dunteman Sr., and other family members. 

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Sentencing Guidelines

Gates split up with his girlfriend, B.F., and began violently threatening her, and vandalized the house where she was staying.

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Title VII– Reverse Discrimination

After not receiving two athletic administration positions at public high schools in South Bend, Indiana, William Groves invoked Title VII and brought reverse discrimination claims.

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