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 7th Circuit Court

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (in case citations, 7th Cir.) is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the courts in the following districts:

Central District of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Southern District of Illinois
Northern District of Indiana
Southern District of Indiana
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Western District of Wisconsin

The court is based at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of thirteen United States courts of appeals. It is composed of eleven appellate judges.

The court offers a relatively unique internet presence that includes wiki and RSS feeds of opinions and oral arguments. It is also notable for having one of the most prominent law and economics scholars, Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, on its court. Richard Posner, another prominent law and economics scholar, also served on this court until his retirement 2017.

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updated Fri. January 5, 2024

There are signs key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is currently considering a question on which the outcome of the Illinois Republican's case may rest. It's whether prosecutors based ...

He was initially sentenced to death, but a three-judge panel from the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that he was entitled to a new penalty phase of his trial, meaning the case would go back to Madison Circuit Court for sentencing. "Unnecessarily retrying even the penalty phase of a capital case ...
US Court Asked to Reinstate Death Sentence in Double Slaying. The Indiana attorney ... The filing asks the full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to review a January decision from a three-judge panel that found Frederick Baer had ineffective legal counsel during his trial. The panel sent the case ...
And earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed that it will no longer investigate civil rights complaints from transgender students ... But Galanter — and other advocates — contend that courts have already made that determination, including a ruling last May by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of ...
Dassey's attorneys, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin of the Center for Wrongful Convictions of Youth in Illinois, vowed in December to appeal the case to the Supreme Court after U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Dassey's conviction. The Supreme Court only accepts a small percentage of ...
Anka Miscevic had a history of mental illness. While her husband Zelkjo was sleeping, she stabbed him in the chest and hit him over the head with a baseball bat, killing him. An Illinois state court found Anka not guilty by reason of insanity. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the first federal ...
Two graduates and a professor from Pritzker School of Law have been nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, potentially joining three other Northwestern alumni serving on the court. The White House announced in a Monday news release the nominations of U.S. District ...
There's only one court higher that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: the United States Supreme Court. Drizin says his team will be filing a brief "in a few days." He's assembled a team that includes experienced Supreme Court litigators. "The decision boils down to: Do we argue the case before the U.S. ...
A panel of three appeals court judges found Friday that while a group home operator and the U.S. Department of Justice sue the city of Springfield for allegedly ... By appealing the district court's injunction against the eviction, the city asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to weigh in on how the city ...


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