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  1. On 2/14/2023 at 10:36 PM, JTHunter said:

    Part of the problem is the politicians, ALL of them, are more interested in their "powers" than doing anything substantive.

    Look at how republicans left Trump twisting in the wind during 2016-2018 when they had majorities in both houses of Congress and could aid the WH.  But they didn't and now we are here.

    The problem is that you need 60 votes in the Senate for cloture and you are unable to get anything done without the 60 votes to stop a filibuster.  Nominations are the exception which only require 50% (it is assumed that the VP who is the president pro tempore of the Senate will cast the tie breaking vote in favor of the presidential appointee and the VP only votes in the case of a tie.)  IIRC a bill was filed for national reciprocity during Trump's term, but was never brought to a vote because the votes for cloture weren't there. If I also recall correctly, Rs only held 52 or 53 seats at the time.

  2. On 12/17/2022 at 12:10 AM, Euler said:

    I'll add that the case was filed in the Federal District of Northern Illinois, so that's where the jury would be sourced. Northern Illinois is divided onto two divisions.


    The eastern division includes Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lake, and Will counties.


    The western division includes Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.


    Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, and Lake counties are called out specifically in the complaint. I'm not sure if one county in the west, while the rest are in the east, was by design or fortune. I'm also not sure how the jury pool would be apportioned among those counties in the jurisdiction. Obviously Cook is the most populous.


    It could be fun if the jury would come from northern counties EXCEPT those four, just to be fair, but I don't know how the federal courts would work that.



    Maybe they know they won't win on the law, so they're just playing the game that gives them better odds than 0%. I can only speculate.

    McHenry county is in the Western Division.

  3. Actually, it was dismissed on causation grounds.  The court stated that even if the Plaintiff had proved causation, the court would still have dismissed the complaint on public policy grounds as the alleged negligence was too remote from the injury.  The actions of the killer constituted a superseding cause, alleviating the Defendants of liability.  (Order at pgs 20-21.)

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