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Asbestos lawyer guilt, projected

The Madison County Record Jun. 20, 2017, 5:48pm

Radical left-wingers often use the banner of “social justice” to implement their hidden agendas, and the “racial sobriety” program offered by Fr. Clarence Williams is a perfect example.

Mass actions have come to an end in state courts, Sotomayor laments

The Madison County Record Jun. 20, 2017, 4:27pm

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justices have put an end to mass actions in state courts against two or more defendants, according to a dissent they don’t dispute.

Mother of Belleville murder victim wants justice for son

The Madison County Record Jun. 20, 2017, 2:56pm

GREENWOOD, Miss. – Six months after the murder of Carl Silas in Belleville, his mother wants to know who murdered him and why.

Another death by asbestos lawsuits

The Madison County Record Jun. 14, 2017, 11:13am

A productive member of our society has passed away.

Belleville man identified in shooting of Republican congressman

The Madison County Record Jun. 14, 2017, 10:39am

James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville has been identified as the shooter who took aim at Republican congressmen during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. on Wednesday morning.

DOJ denies request to identify former U.S. attorney in misconduct investigation, but releases redacted report on affair

The Madison County Record Jun. 13, 2017, 6:13pm

WASHINGTON – Justice Department lawyers denied media requests to identify a former U.S. attorney who committed adultery with a supervisor in his office, but they released a report with dozens of details about the affair.

Tillery suit against economists highlights relationships between lawyers and judges in major litigation

The Madison County Record Jun. 13, 2017, 12:39pm

BENTON – Former U.S. district judge Patrick Murphy, who represents lawyer Stephen Tillery as plaintiff in the court of Senior U.S. District Judge Phil Gilbert, successfully defended Gilbert against an ethics complaint last year.

Sanctions against Wigginton clients in uConnect case top $16K

The Madison County Record Jun. 12, 2017, 2:26pm

Chrysler submitted a $16,337.50 bill against clients of former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton in federal court on June 6, as the company’s cost of restoring confidentiality to trade secrets he exposed.

Our General Assembly is generally dissembling

The Madison County Record Jun. 7, 2017, 9:03am

Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly have their priorities. Getting a budget passed may not be one of them, but finding new sources of revenue to share with their cronies – or simply squander – apparently is.

Former judge Murphy called up in Tillery’s suit against economists involving minor league baseball class action

The Madison County Record Jun. 7, 2017, 7:13am

BENTON – Stephen Tillery has retained former U.S. district judge Patrick Murphy to pursue a claim that failure of a research contractor jeopardized a possible class action among minor league baseball players.

Supreme Court denies defendant's request to review decision involving St. Clair Co. jurisdiction

The Madison County Record Jun. 6, 2017, 12:44pm

SPRINGFIELD – Supreme Court Justices, like Fifth District appellate judges, prefer to let a St. Clair County judge decide where Franklin County resident Jessica Patton should defend a wrongful death suit.

DUI arrest report on Wigginton indicates former federal prosecutor not able to complete field sobriety tests

The Madison County Record Jun. 2, 2017, 4:47pm

A Troy police report detailing the DUI arrest of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, indicates he had almost made it home when he was stopped at around 10 p.m. on May 23.

Kelley denies reconsideration of Van Hoose misdemeanor assault finding

The Madison County Record Jun. 1, 2017, 5:03pm

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley denied reconsideration of an order finding Brad Van Hoose guilty of misdemeanor assault.

Misconduct involving U.S. Attorney's relationship with subordinate detailed in OIG report

The Madison County Record May 31, 2017, 5:28pm

WASHINGTON – A recent misconduct report prepared by the Office of the Inspector General indicates that a U.S. Attorney carried on an affair with a subordinate and quit the job when Washington found out.

BCBS directors seek to move Cates class action out of St. Clair County

The Madison County Record May 31, 2017, 11:57am

Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, contesting a class claim for damages and appointment of a receiver, have asked St. Clair County Associate Judge Christopher Kolker to transfer the action to Cook County.

TCPA settlement that would have awarded lawyers four times the class shredded by Yandle

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 5:17pm

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle shredded a settlement of a class action against Sterling Management Systems, finding it would have awarded class counsel almost four times as much as the class.

'Zestimates' are not appraisals

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 11:16am

You're taking a stroll on a nice spring day and someone stops you and says,“Excuse me, sir, I was just wondering. You see that house over there, across the street? Just out of curiosity, what do you think a house like that would go for?”

Ignore at your own risk: radio frequency/microwave radiation

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 8:35am

In a breaking news story on March 3, the CA Department of Public Health, in a widely distributed report, released a draft document outlining heath officials' concerns about cellphone radiation exposure after keeping it under wraps for over seven years. For those who have denied the hazards of cell phone usage in the past, this study cannot be ignored. Cell phones emit a kind of energy called radiofrequency EMF's (electromagnetic fields).

Turtle Wax employee alleges leukemia from benzene exposure

The Madison County Record May 25, 2017, 9:25pm

EDWARDSVILLE — A man is suing Turtle Wax Inc., alleging he developed acute mycloid leukemia from the benzene allegedly used in the wax. 

Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme

The Madison County Record May 24, 2017, 11:42am

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud in which early investors see quality returns, not because their money was invested wisely as the investors are led to believe, but because new investors fund the payouts. The cycle perpetuates itself – more and more new investors are needed to continue to fund previous investors' returns at an unbeknownst higher risk to themselves – until it inevitably collapses.