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Transgender inmate seeks rare transfer to female prison

CHICAGO — A 26-year-old transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence in Illinois for burglary is seeking a rarely granted transfer to a female prison where she says she’ll be less vulnerable to the kinds of sexual assault, taunting and beatings she’s been subjected to in male prisons. Deon “Strawberry” Hampton describes in a lawsuit filed …

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings

CHICAGO — Dueling experts deployed statistics to make their case Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago in a first-of-its-kind hearing to determine if phoney drug stash-house stings run by federal agents dating back to the 1990s are racially biased. More than 40 people convicted in such stings could go free if a special nine-judge …

Judge bars ex Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker’s conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students. U.S. District Judge Thomas M. …

Accusers face risks in breaking nondisclosure agreements

CHICAGO — Details of alleged sexual assaults by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Bill Cosby and other famous figures are now widely known in part because several accusers did something they promised in writing never to do: They talked publicly about their allegations. When those women spoke out, they broke nondisclosure agreements — contractual pledges …

Judge refuses to lift freeze on Trump administration policy

CHICAGO — A U.S. district judge in Chicago on Friday denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a national freeze on a Trump administration policy that seeks to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that don’t agree to tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration law. Judge Harry Leinenweber’s ruling comes …

Ex-Minnesota fitness firm VP, friends indicted in Chicago

CHICAGO — A former executive at a major Minnesota-based fitness firm and eight other people are accused in a new federal indictment of using insider information to make nearly $900,000 by scooping up stocks before word of the company’s sale pushed share prices higher in 2015, according to charging documents unsealed Friday in Chicago. Shane …

Prosecutors: Prof killed boyfriend as part of sexual fantasy

CHICAGO — The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge Sunday at a bond hearing for the men. An Illinois …

Chicago sues over sanctuary city threat; Sessions fires back

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities. Hours later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions hit back at …

Search warrants in Prince’s death to be unsealed Monday

MINNEAPOLIS –It’s been nearly a year since Prince died from an accidental drug overdose at his suburban Minneapolis recording studio and estate, yet investigators still haven’t interviewed a key associate or asked a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges are warranted, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. Prince was 57 when …

Chicago area chef, cancer worker charged in terrorist case

CHICAGO — Two suburban Chicago men who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State group flag at a Lake Michigan beach park were arrested Wednesday on federal terrorist charges, and an undercover operative said one of the men suggested homosexuals should be thrown off the city’s tallest building. An FBI sting begun in 2015 …

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