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Fifth District affirms conviction in distracted driving case where defendant was videotaping Wood River cops

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A jury was correct in finding a defendant guilty of driving while improperly using an electronic device, the Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled.

Court throws out convict's appeal for post-conviction relief over sentencing

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- An appeals court has ruled against a convicted violent offender who sought post- conviction relief over consecutive sentences handed down by a trial judge.

Appeals court rules 22-year sentence for armed violence not excessive

By John Breslin | Mar 1, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- A 22-year sentence imposed by a circuit court judge after a pleaded guilty to armed violence was not excessive, the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed.

Man branded sexually dangerous loses bid to overturn conviction

By John Breslin | Feb 25, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A man found to be a sexually dangerous person has failed in his bid to overturn the conviction, with an appeals court ruling the trial judge did not err in allowing the defendant to represent himself.

Trooper who carried out roadside strip search ruled properly convicted of aggravated assault

By John Breslin | Feb 25, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A state trooper who carried out a roadside strip search of a man was properly convicted of aggravated assault even though he went on trial for the more serious offense of aggravated battery, an appeals court has ruled.

Gilbert grants summary judgment for Union Pacific in injured engineer's negligence case

By John Breslin | Feb 20, 2019

BENTON -- District judge J. Ryan Gilbert granted summary judgment to a railroad company in a case alleging one of its engineers slipped and fell as he inspected a train.

Fifth District affirms Collinsville burglary conviction

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2019

MOUNT VERNON. -- A burglary conviction will stand after the Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a jury verdict that the defendant argued was reached without sufficient evidence to find him guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Belleville criminal defense attorney named St. Clair County State's Attorney

By John Breslin | Jan 25, 2019

Belleville criminal defense lawyer James Gomric is set to be appointed St. Clair County's new state's attorney.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

Fifth District rejects murderer's plea for post-conviction relief

By John Breslin | Jan 21, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- A convicted murderer has failed in his appeal for post conviction relief and a reduction of his 20-year sentence.

Plainfield attorney ordered to pay nearly $40,000 for 'inexcusable' discovery delays

By John Breslin | Jan 18, 2019

BENTON -- A Plainfield attorney has been ordered to pay nearly $40,000 over his "inexcusable" failure to promptly act on demands for discovery.

Madison County not liable for policies at children's exchange center, appeals court affirms

By John Breslin | Jan 14, 2019

A man who claimed that a Madison County child custody exchange center violated the Illinois Civil Rights Act by unfairly making non-residential parents - usually fathers - wait longer than residential parents has had his lawsuit tossed.

Judge lays out trial plan for class claiming they were gypped over 'freshly brewed' Kcup advertising

By John Breslin | Jan 14, 2019

A federal court judge has laid out a new plan to deal with a class action against the makers of a coffee product.

Casino boss selected as associate judge, individual, company generous contributors to Democratic Party

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

The president of an East St. Louis ' riverboat casino has been selected to fill an open position as associate judge on the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Unclear whether Silas murder investigation remains open; Gleeson says JIB outcome will determine Duebbert return

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

Following the acquittal of David Fields, the man accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas of Belleville, it is unclear whether the investigation into the killing remains open, or if it is case closed.

County assures communities grants for parks and recreation will continue

By John Breslin | Dec 25, 2018

Madison County has assured those communities within the recently dissolved Collinsville Area Recreation District they will continue to provide grants for the management and upkeep of the parks.

Supreme Court grants attorney leave to challenge appeals court decision over legal malpractice claim

By John Breslin | Dec 17, 2018

An Edwardsville attorney was granted leave to appeal by the Illinois Supreme Court in a case with its roots in a claim of legal malpractice.

Defense Counsel Journal highlights trust transparency, punitive damages and product launch hurdles

By John Breslin | Dec 5, 2018

A Chicago-based international association of defense lawyers has published its most recent journal on the latest trends in law practices.

Outgoing Gov. Rauner decries veto override of damages cap bill, brands it 'invitation' to trial lawyers

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

Outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has decried the Illinois legislature's decision to override his veto of a bill greatly increasing the cap on the amount individuals can claim when they sue the state.

Township moves toward setting levy to $0, but calls for returning surplus to taxpayers resisted

By John Breslin | Nov 30, 2018

Collinsville Township Board of Trustees is moving towards a levy of zero next year, but a majority of its board members are resisting calls to deliver surplus money back to tax payers.

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