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Fifth District denies petition of man convicted of battery

David Hutton Aug. 4, 2017, 12:30pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that a man convicted of battery failed to provide sufficient grounds for the court to allow a successive post-conviction petition.

Fifth District Appellate Court rejects appeal by convicted murderer

Todd Barnett Jul. 10, 2017, 6:52am

MT. VERNON — An Illinois man who was convicted of murder, armed robbery and home invasion in 1987 lost another appeal.

Appeals court upholds ruling taking custody of two kids from East St. Louis mother

Denise Royal Jun. 30, 2017, 10:30am

MT. VERNON — An Illinois mother will not regain primary physical custody of two of her children after an appeals court upheld a decision to not return them to her. The court ruled that the mother of five, who has a history of mental illness and violent outbursts, failed to make enough progress to regain custody of her 10-year-old and her 3-year-old.

Appellate court compels arbitration for Energy Absorption Systems and John Thomas Inc. in worksite death case

Sara McCleary Jun. 27, 2017, 10:05am

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Lopinot's decision compelling arbitration in a lawsuit arising from a construction worker's 2012 worksite death.

Woman who allegedly allowed local Flyboyz gang to use home for gang activity will have to pay damages

Elizabeth Alt Jun. 20, 2017, 8:40am

&&&MT. VERNON — Justice Thomas Welsh and the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court upheld on June 1 a Madison County ruling that homeowner Jacqueline Lumpkins, who was accused of maintaining a property used by local gang Flyboyz, is liable for a large sum in damages after Lumpkins appealed asking for the court to fully vacate the ruling.

Minor loses appeal of decision requiring him to register as sex offender for offenses against sister

Elizabeth Alt Jun. 18, 2017, 11:39am

MT. VERNON — An appellate court has denied a juvenile’s appeal claiming that his being labeled a sexual predator is unconstitutional.

Fifth District affirms Crowder's ruling in shareholder case

David Hutton Jun. 12, 2017, 4:37pm

Appeals court sides with a circuit court decision ruling that the majority shareholders in a closely held corporation oppressed minority shareholders.

Fifth District affirms $785K whistleblower verdict in alleged EPA violations case

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo May 31, 2017, 10:46am

The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a Madison County jury’s verdict and Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth’s handling of a truck driver’s whistleblower suit alleging he was terminated after reporting his employer for allegedly inappropriately dumping toxic substances.

Appeals court upholds liability coverage verdict stemming from 2010 fatal car accident

John Severance May 26, 2017, 4:47pm

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court upheld a trial court verdict determining whether there was liability coverage for a car accident involving two Illinois men.

Ex-husband's appeal to have properties declared marital property denied

Kristin Regula May 25, 2017, 5:28pm

MT. VERNON — An appeal stemming from a trial court decision regarding an ex-husband's motion to have two pieces of property owned by his former spouse declared marital property has been denied.

Fifth District Appellate Court upholds Baldwin murder conviction but reverses ruling for consecutive sentences

Pam Wright May 18, 2017, 8:22am

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld the murder conviction of Marcus Baldwin.

Fifth District affirms LeChien; Welch: Special education teacher’s dismissal was ‘harsh’ but not reversible

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo May 10, 2017, 8:06am

The Fifth District appellate court affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien’s decision denying a special education teacher’s petition for administrative review of his dismissal from the Cahokia school district after he forged a signature on a legal document.

Man serving 10-year prison term for shooting has claim of ineffective counsel denied

Tabitha Fleming May 5, 2017, 7:48am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has agreed with the postconviction trial court that Perkins had effective legal counsel and was therefore not entitled to a new trial.

Ex-husband ordered to pay over half of woman's attorney fees, according to appellate court's affirmation

Tricia Erickson May 5, 2017, 7:41am

The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed that an ex-husband should pay over half of his former spouse's attorney fees from the divorce.

Appellate court rules Belleville woman has no standing to act as guardian for granddaughter

Melissa Busch May 5, 2017, 6:58am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn erred when he made a Belleville woman the guardian of her 6-year-old granddaughter whose father allegedly has drug and mental health problems.

New attorneys to be sworn in at Illinois State Bar admission ceremonies May 4

Sara McCleary May 4, 2017, 2:03pm

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be presiding over a bar admission ceremony in Collinsville today where 86 new attorneys will be sworn in.

Fifth District reverses one of its own in challenge to FOID card licensing statutes

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Apr. 25, 2017, 9:26pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court reversed Appellate Judge John Barberis’ Jr.’s ruling as a circuit judge in Madison County granting dismissal in a man’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two state firearm licensing statutes.

Appellate court dismisses postconviction petition challenging drug conviction but offers defendant credit toward fine

Chandra Lye Apr. 18, 2017, 7:15am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a post-conviction petition appealing a drug conviction but decided that the defendant was entitled to $5 per day for each day he was held before sentencing.

Fifth District overturns Kievlan in hospitals' move for substitution

Chandra Lye Apr. 4, 2017, 8:05am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has overturned the decision of St. Clair County Associate Judge Patricia Kievlan who denied St. Elizabeth's Hospital's motion to substitute her as judge in a slate of cases involving unpaid bills.

Case of 4-year-old struck and killed in 2014 back before St. Clair County court

Karen Kidd Apr. 4, 2017, 7:31am

The case of a St. Clair County mother suing the father of her 4-year-old son and the driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck and killed him in 2014 is now back before the trial court in St. Clair County after an appeals court vacated a previous ruling.