Media hog

The Madison County Record Aug. 6, 2006, 10:51am

Filed under "it's amazing what one can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit," Associate Judge Barbara Crowder defied oppressive heat and overcame the inconvenience of judging without a courtroom by performing weddings on the courthouse steps during a power outage Friday, July 20.

For those with weaker constitutions, it was a work-less afternoon. But not for a circuit judge candidate, trolling for fans on the airwaves. Her good will, and bravery, were noted on a St. Louis radio broadcast.

The campaign worker who phoned in the tip to a KMOX-AM producer, however, forgot to mention that Circuit Judge Don Weber also stuck it out in the oven for the good of the order.

Dirty money

Call it good judgment or perhaps good polling, but either way Democratic judicial candidates are beginning to distance themselves from Wood River's most famous counselors.

On May 26, Dave Hylla returned a $500 campaign contribution to the Lakin Firm. It had to have stung a bit more for Bruce Stewart who on June 20, parted with a hefty chunk of change-- $15,000.

That puts State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville) in a bit of a pickle. The legislator hasn't gotten any recent donations from the firm to which he lends his name. The clock is ticking-- how long until he heads for the hills?

Rocket men

Sources tell Dicta that some of the Lakin Law Firm stars may blast off as the contract year comes to a close.

Just a thought, but if it's okay for the Association of American Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) to dab on some blemish remover, why not a reinvention for the Lakin Law Firm?

As a suggestion, we don't think "Really Good Law Firm" is being used anywhere else.

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