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Witnesses shift blame in statements following Dec. 30 murder in Belleville

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 12:31pm

Witnesses to the murder of Carl Silas, who at first accused David Fields of shooting him, shifted the blame to a stranger four hours later, according to reports of St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies.

Fields murder case continued to September; Victim’s mother: witness statements don’t make sense

The Madison County Record Jul. 26, 2017, 9:05am

Seven months after the arrest of murder suspect David Fields, court proceedings still haven’t started.

LeChien denies injunction that would have forced payment to social services providers

The Madison County Record Jul. 21, 2017, 7:05am

Agencies that provide social services to the state can’t claim the same right of payment as state employees in the absence of appropriations, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien ruled on July 17.

Suspect in felony public corruption case gets vacation pass to the Bahamas

The Madison County Record Jun. 27, 2017, 6:35pm

BELLEVILLE – Some felony suspects have to go to jail, but felony suspect Ruth Hamilton Dean gets to go to the Bahamas.

Lawyer who defends St. Clair County in jail suits faces suit over car crash

The Madison County Record Jun. 27, 2017, 2:32pm

Attorney Thomas Ysursa, who defends St. Clair County in jail suits and other civil actions, faces a suit claiming his car rammed the rear of another while a mobile device distracted him.

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.

Porn hacking litigator John Steele disbarred

Ann Maher May 19, 2017, 11:19am

The state Supreme Court has disbarred porn hacking litigator John Steele, striking his name from the roll of licensed attorneys in Illinois.

Kelley finds client of former chief judge not guilty of corruption; Handled major civil cases under Baricevic tenure

The Madison County Record May 17, 2017, 10:38am

When St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley cleared Board of Review member Michael Crockett of corruption charges last week, he cleared the client of a former chief judge who greatly increased his judicial power.

Judge Kelley denies reconsideration of Van Hoose's misdemeanor assault conviction

The Madison County Record May 1, 2017, 10:15am

St. Clair County associate judge Randall Kelley has denied reconsideration of his judgment finding Brad Van Hoose of Belleville guilty of misdemeanor assault.

Belleville attorney says she observed celebration of Duebbert's troubles to come

Ann Maher Apr. 26, 2017, 11:35am

An attorney who claims to have witnessed a courthouse employee celebrating troubles that embattled Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert would face in the days ahead says she wishes she had never seen and heard what she did on the night of Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

St. Clair Co.'s opioid suit appears to pick up where Chicago litigation has stalled

The Madison County Record Apr. 21, 2017, 5:47pm

St. Clair County’s suit alleging that pill makers addicted Illinois citizens to opioids for profit provides an answer to a Chicago judge who asked lawyers where the claim would go if it failed in his court.

Steele pleads guilty in Minnesota federal court; Lawyer had pursued porn hacking cases in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 9:12am

MINNEAPOLIS – John Steele, who shared in a $6 million gain from representing sham entities in courts including St. Clair County, pleaded guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in U.S. district court on March 6.  

LeChien orders employee pay through revolving fund account instead of general funds

The Madison County Record Mar. 12, 2017, 6:58pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien, overseeing the state’s payroll in the absence of a budget, ordered Gov. Bruce Rauner to pay 578 employees from revolving funds rather than the general fund.  

Judge removes opponent of fellow judge’s son from O’Fallon ballot

The Madison County Record Mar. 10, 2017, 5:59pm

St. Clair County Associate Judge Christopher Kolker erased from the April 4 ballot the opponent of a judge’s son running for alderman in O’Fallon.

Vote buying in East St. Louis? Township supervisor candidate says no

Ann Maher Mar. 7, 2017, 6:38am

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said he is aware of videos posted March 4 on YouTube that raise questions about vote fraud in East St. Louis. 

Van Hoose says he plans to appeal or seek reconsideration of misdemeanor assault conviction

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2017, 10:02am

Brad Van Hoose of Belleville said he expects his attorney will seek reconsideration of a bench verdict that found him guilty on Friday of misdemeanor assault of Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black.

Baricevic back in St. Clair County courthouse as special representative

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 4:29pm

Former St. Clair County chief judge John Baricevic has returned to the courthouse representing dead debtors in mortgage foreclosures.

Van Hoose found guilty of misdemeanor in Caseyville mayor death threat case; Kelley: ‘Can’t we all just get along?’

The Madison County Record Feb. 17, 2017, 2:51pm

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley found Brad Van Hoose of Belleville guilty of misdemeanor assault for threatening Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black, after ruling that Van Hoose’s conduct did not constitute a felony.

Special prosecutor's cases have included bargained down charges in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 7:05am

A review of St. Clair County cases handled by special prosecutor David Rands shows that he has bargained charges of driving under the influence down to trivial traffic tickets.

Sprague’s record in St. Clair Co. ballot battles shows three straight wins

The Madison County Record Feb. 7, 2017, 5:42pm

St. Clair County Democrat party chairman Robert Sprague has won three straight ballot battles as counsel for candidates at the courthouse.