Contingency plan

The Madison County Record Jul. 22, 2006, 9:51pm


Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has asked straight shootin' Judge Lola Maddox if she wouldn't mind staying on for another two-year hitch, sources tell Dicta, just in case one of the three judges running for retention in the Third Circuit gets knocked off in the Nov. 7 general election.

Maddox, who bid farewell Nov. 30, 2004, came out of retirement in March to replace beleaguered Judge George Moran, Jr.

If Judges Ann Callis, Charles Romani and John Knight are not retained, the Illinois Supreme Court would appoint a replacement to serve until the next general election in November 2008.

Out of power

The ferocious summer thunderstorm that walloped the St. Louis area last Wednesday had no mercy on Fairview Heights and its the retail and office mecca ravaged by a tornado in May.

That included U.S. Attorney's and the Federal Bureau of Investigations offices there, from which an indictment of attorney Tom Lakin is long rumored to be forthcoming.

All told, about 90,000 customers across the Metro-East suffered power outages last week.

Squatter's rights

SimmonsCooper, a regular advertiser on the St. Louis sports talk radio airwaves, has filed suit against Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. on behalf of Doug Farrago who claims patent infringement.

In 1991 Farrago received a patent on a pad structure that relieves knee stress -- a version of which is sold today as the "Knee Saver" -- and widely used in the major leagues. The design is so fabulous the Knee Saver has a place of honor in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In its infinite wisdom, SimmonsCooper is seeking an injunction and unspecified damages on behalf of Farrago.

Meanwhile, erstwhile firm founder John Simmons just returned from an SIUE ethanol/coal junket to China in search of alternative energy strategies, in time to accept a humanitarian award from his "friends" at SIUE.

This is not a joke

Thanks to the Lakin Law Firm, solutions to your relationship problems, managing stress, career advancement and health and fitness can finally be had from a single, all-knowing guru.

America, meet Brad Lakin.

Doing his best Oprah imitation, Lakin, 35, recently launched a web site dedicated to spreading his infinite wisdom.

"Most people don't know...the five critical steps they should immediately take if they have a traffic accident," the plaintiff's attorney explained in a press release.

Let's guess. Ummm. Step One-- call you?

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