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St. Clair County board candidate wants criminal records expunged in Baricevic's court

The Madison County Record Oct. 21, 2016, 1:42pm

St. Clair County Board candidate James Haywood, Jr. of Cahokia has moved to expunge records of a felony charge that he violated an absentee ballot and lesser charges that he drove under the influence, resisted arrest, shoved an officer, and committed battery and criminal trespass.

Baricevic reversed in prisoner’s claim of perjured testimony

The Madison County Record Oct. 19, 2016, 7:43am

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges granted a hearing in St. Clair County circuit court for prisoner Jarvis Boose, who claims East St. Louis detective Rick Perry perjured himself twice before Chief Judge John Baricevic.  

Randolph County resident judge seeking retention; Brown says nothing wrong with others opting for election

Ann Maher Oct. 14, 2016, 4:39pm

Not all elected judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit with terms ending this December have taken the unusual step of resigning in advance so they could seek election to self-created vacancies in the upcoming election.

Eye witness accounts vary in Caseyville mayor death threat case; Judge: 'Appears to be war of words'

The Madison County Record Oct. 12, 2016, 7:15am

In three accounts of the crime Brad Van Hoose of Belleville allegedly committed, he threatened to kill Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black, or to kill Black and Illinois House candidate Bob Romanik, or to kill everyone.

Mudge seeks retention to second term; Longest-serving judge in state Matoesian also on ballot

Dawn Geske Oct. 11, 2016, 1:26pm

The Madison County Circuit Court will have both Circuit Court Judges William A. Mudge and Andy Matoesian coming up for retention on the November ballot.

Appellate record shows Cook made eight reversible errors leading up to heroin arrest; Two murder suspects also got new trials

The Madison County Record Oct. 4, 2016, 5:04pm

Former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook abused the rights of 10 suspects and prisoners in 10 months prior to his arrest on heroin charges.

Fire fraud claim at trial: California Casualty questions displaced family's tanning salon, Rams tickets expenditures

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 3, 2016, 6:35am

California Casualty Insurance and Exchange argues that a Waterloo family filed fraudulent reimbursement requests after the family’s basement was destroyed by a fire in 2009.

Fifth District finds circumstantial evidence was sufficient to secure FELA verdict against Union Pacific; Moore sharply dissents

Ann Maher Jan. 18, 2016, 11:27am

A railroad worker who was rear-ended by a drunk driver while being transported in a van from a rail yard to a train in 2008 will get another shot at convincing St. Clair County jurors that Union Pacific was negligent for the auto accident.

St. Clair County judges hire election law specialist to defend nomination objections; Kasper has represented Obama, Clinton and Emanuel

Ann Maher Dec. 15, 2015, 1:13pm

A Chicago election law attorney who has represented President Obama and former President Clinton in election litigation will be helping three St. Clair County judges whose nomination papers face challenge at the Illinois State Board of Elections.

I-LAW criticizes judiciary during 'Lawsuit Abuse Awareness' rallies

Ann Maher Oct. 6, 2015, 11:35am

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Travis Akin leveled a stinging rebuke of the courts in St. Clair and Madison counties today over recent moves made by judges. Akin called the decisions of Twentieth Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien to run for election rather than retention

Campaign finance records for third quarter due next week

Ann Maher Oct. 5, 2015, 2:01pm

Even though the next general election is more than a year away, campaign finance records due next week may provide clues as to how competitive races will be.

Illinois Supreme Court orders Fifth District to review record in protracted case out of St. Clair Co.

Ann Maher Sep. 29, 2015, 10:19am

Another round of judicial review lies ahead in an asbestos contractor's protracted battle against a state agency involving cleanup of federal grounds. The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered the Fifth District to review the record on appeal to determine whether a St. Clair County circuit court abused its discretion in denying Lake Environmental's motion for sanctions against the Illinois Department of Public Health.

After losing override battle in Springfield, state workers seek arbitration from Judge LeChien

The Madison County Record Sep. 25, 2015, 3:25pm

State employees who failed to succeed with legislation placing their contract negotiations in the hands of an arbitrator now aim to achieve that objective in St. Clair County. On Sept. 17, they asked Circuit Judge Robert LeChien to maintain the status quo in litigation pending arbitration of the state’s authority to lay off employees.

Trio of judges should not game the system

The Madison County Record Sep. 1, 2015, 3:42pm

There's the letter of the law and there's the spirit of the law.

Perils of running for retention: 60 percent threshold can make sitting judges vulnerable

Ann Maher Aug. 31, 2015, 12:28pm

The campaign to remove Justice Lloyd Karmeier from office in November 2014 was fierce, expensive, and relatively brief, but mostly it proved how vulnerable sitting judges can be when it comes time for voters to renew their contracts. 

Judges outside Metro-East announce candidacies for open seats at Fifth District

Ann Maher Aug. 27, 2015, 1:50pm

With two appellate court seats up for grabs next year at the Fifth District Appellate Court, so far just two candidates outside the Metro-East have announced their intentions to run. Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jo Beth Weber, resident judge in Jefferson County, will be running on the Democratic ticket for the seat that James Wexstten vacated in January 2014.

Judges presiding in St. Clair County not seeking retention

Ann Maher Aug. 27, 2015, 10:44am

Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien are vacating their seats and will not be running for retention in next year's election. They're not retiring, however. According to a report in the Belleville News Democrat, they plan to run for election instead. Baricevic has not returned a call placed on Wednesday.