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Parolee who lived with Duebbert is charged with first degree murder

Ann Maher Jan. 4, 2017, 10:25am

David E. Fields, 20, was charged on Tuesday with the first degree murder of Carl Z. Silas, 28, which occurred at a Belleville apartment on Dec. 30.

LeChien substitution rate persists in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 8:23am

St. Clair County voters approved circuit judge Robert LeChien in November, but litigants continue seeking to replace him. 

New chief judge, same dubious behavior

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 7:38am

St. Clair County Court has a new chief judge: Andrew Gleeson has replaced John Baricevic.

Former Prenda attorneys who litigated porn hacking suits in St. Clair County indicted in Minnesota

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 7:02am

MINNEAPOLIS – Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, who face criminal charges that they fooled judges into helping them extort $6 million from pornography watchers, found favor in the court of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson.  

Questions of judicial ethics woven into history of St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Dec. 14, 2016, 11:13am

Following his defeat of incumbent Democrat chief judge John Baricevic last month, newly elected Republican Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert is off to a rough start.

Rauner seeks relief from LeChien’s pro-AFSCME decision at Fifth District

The Madison County Record Dec. 14, 2016, 7:43am

On Dec. 7, Gov. Bruce Rauner petitioned the Fifth District appellate court for interlocutory review of LeChien’s jurisdiction over labor negotiations. Rauner counsel Thomas Bradley wrote, “There is no provision in the Labor Act that gives the circuit courts general jurisdiction over public sector labor disputes.”  

Donna Rae goes trip-or-treating

The Madison County Record Dec. 6, 2016, 5:50pm

Halloween has inherent hazards.

Gleeson picked to serve as chief judge in Twentieth Judicial Circuit

Dawn Geske Dec. 6, 2016, 1:30pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson was elected chief judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit last week, succeeding the outgoing Circuit Judge John Baricevic.

Defendant convicted of concealing homicide will get new trial in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Dec. 6, 2016, 7:33am

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Associate Judge Zina Cruse should have told jurors that a person in the process of aiding and abetting a crime can withdraw from the crime, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 28.  

Duebbert sworn into office by McGlynn; No other judges attend ceremony

Ann Maher Dec. 5, 2016, 6:20pm

Ronald Duebbert was sworn in as circuit judge Monday afternoon by fellow circuit judge Stephen McGlynn.

Baricevic hopes to 'contribute to community' following election loss

Dawn Geske Nov. 21, 2016, 1:05pm

“I lost,” Baricevic told the Record. “I’ve had a great career. I’ve earned the respect of my peers. I’ve earned the respect of citizens. I’ve had a good career.”

Duebbert tops chief Judge Baricevic in Twentieth Judicial Circuit race

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 2:38am

Republican Ron Duebbert has been elected circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, defeating Democrat incumbent, Chief Judge John Baricevic.

Mother of drug death victim 'begged' court for help with daughter's heroin addiction

Ann Maher Nov. 2, 2016, 1:23pm

Chris Keel of State Park continues to mourn the loss of her 20-year-old daughter Jennifer Herling more than four years ago in September 2012.

'Every nation gets the government it deserves'

The Madison County Record Nov. 2, 2016, 11:49am

That famous phrase originated with French lawyer Joseph de Maistre, a noted opponent of the French Revolution and the lawlessness it unleashed.

Drug induced homicides of two women at Fairview Heights drug house eventually led investigators to courthouse

The Madison County Record Nov. 1, 2016, 7:16pm

Democratic judicial candidates succeeded grandly on Election Day in 2012, but two dead women would come back to haunt their courthouse.  

Drug testing, public confidence and retention question remain issues in judicial races in St. Clair County

Ann Maher Nov. 1, 2016, 6:02pm

More than three years since the exposure of illegal drug use by St. Clair County judges and a probation officer, the high profile scandal remains a prominent issue in the election of local judges this year.

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.