54-month sentence in police torture case

CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A former high-ranking Chicago Police Department official was sentenced Friday to 54 months in prison for lying in a deposition about torturing suspects.

Burge trial delayed fourth time

CHICAGO, April 1 (UPI) -- The trial of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was delayed a fourth time Thursday after his lawyers asked for more time to deal with new allegations.

Not guilty plea for ex-police official

CHICAGO, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Jon Burge, a former commander in the Chicago Police Department, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying about the torture of black suspects on his watch.

Neo-Nazi suspected of releasing juror info

CHICAGO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- An admitted neo-Nazi has been arrested on suspicion he posted information about a member of a Chicago jury on his Web site, sources say.

New technology to protect federal judges

WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marshals Service will soon employ the latest technology to protect judges and others who serve the federal court system.

Call center pays $200,000 to blind woman

CHICAGO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Naperville, Ill.-based telemarketing company agreed to pay $200,000 to a blind woman who was refused a job because she has a guide dog, a report said. "This case should send a message to employers not to close their doors to disabled applicants and the

Note on restaurant window attacks judge

CHICAGO, May 15 (UPI) -- The judge whose husband and mother were killed in February was harassed by an abusive note in the window of a Chicago restaurant where she was dining.

DNA links suicide to Lefkow killings

CHICAGO, March 11 (UPI) -- A trace of DNA from a discarded cigarette butt has linked a disgruntled cancer survivor to the killings of the husband and mother of a Chicago federal judge.

'Most wanted' features judge's case

CHICAGO, March 7 (UPI) -- Chicago police got hundreds of calls about the slayings of the mother and husband of a Chicago federal judge after the case was on "America's Most Wanted." A task force investigating the Feb. 28 killings at the home of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow had

Hundreds at funeral of judge's slain husband

EVANSTON, Ill., March 6 (UPI) -- More than 600 people attended the weekend funeral in Evanston, Ill., for attorney Michael Lefkow, the husband of Chicago U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow.

Marshals service defends care of judges

CHICAGO, March 5 (UPI) -- The shooting deaths of a federal judge's husband and mother has forced the U.S. Marshals Service to defend and explain its policies for protecting judges.

$50,000 reward for Lefkow killers

CHICAGO, March 4 (UPI) -- The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers of the husband and mother of Chicago federal judge Joan Lefkow.

Federal judge won't be intimidated

CHICAGO, March 3 (UPI) -- U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lefkow vows to return to the federal bench despite the slayings of her husband and elderly mother at her Chicago home.

Supremacist Hale seeks U.S. apology

CHICAGO, March 3 (UPI) -- A jailed white supremacist says the federal government "needlessly" frightened a Chicago federal judge whose mother and husband were slain this week.

Mysteries emerge in judge's family deaths

CHICAGO, March 2 (UPI) -- Investigators have several puzzling leads in the shooting deaths of the mother and husband of a Chicago federal judge, including phone calls from a federal jail.
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Joan Humphrey Lefkow (born January 9, 1944) is a United States district court judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 11, 2000, to a seat vacated by Judge Ann Claire Williams, and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 30, 2000. Lefkow received her commission on July 11, 2000.

Lefkow was born in Nemaha County, Kansas. She attended Wheaton College as an undergraduate, and obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at Northwestern University law school in 1971. After graduation, she became a law clerk for Thomas E. Fairchild. From 1982 to 1997 she was a United States Magistrate Judge, and from 1997 to 2000 a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

In May 2000, Judge Lefkow presided over the enforcement of a high-profile trademark infringement case against the World Church of the Creator, an organization run by white supremacist leader Matthew F. Hale. The TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation sued Hale's church for using the name Church of the Creator. Some argued against the validity of the suit because Hale's church had been using the name since 1973, but the Foundation had trademarked it in 1987, and no contest was filed against the trademark within a five-year period, making their ownership legally incontestable. In January 2002, Lefkow ruled in favor of Hale, but her decision was overturned on appeal. On July 25, Lefkow ruled against Hale, saying that his church infringed the Church of the Creator's trademark. (Hale's organization has since been renamed the Creativity Movement.)

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