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Judge approves $250 million State Farm settlement; Says plaintiffs likely would not have prevailed at trial

By Record News | Dec 14, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon, who designated Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier as a hostile witness for a trial accusing him of corruption, now admits jurors might have trusted him.

Fields' defense attorneys 'hit it from every angle' to get client released from jail following Monday acquittal

By Record News | Dec 12, 2018

After jurors found her client not guilty of murder the night before, defense counsel Brittany Kimble spent the day on Tuesday trying to get her client released from jail.

What happened Goliath?

By The Madison County Record | Dec 12, 2018

Not surprisingly, 12 jurors hearing evidence in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas ruled late Monday night that suspect David Fields was not guilty.

Fields released from custody day after acquittal in St. Clair County; Family members thank God and counsel

By Record News | Dec 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Not guilty but not free, David Fields spent the night of Dec. 10 in St. Clair County jail after 12 jurors found he didn’t murder Carl Silas.

Fields found not guilty by St. Clair County jury

By Record News | Dec 10, 2018

St. Clair County jurors found David Fields not guilty of the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas of Belleville.

Police report shows treasurer stole nearly $70K; Auditor for levee district didn't catch missing funds

By Record News | Dec 7, 2018

According to a police report, Wood River Drainage and Levee District Secretary and Treasurer Jamie Butkovich stole $67,661.41 from the District from March 2017 to September 2018, spending it at various bars, casinos and craft stores.

Body of murder victim Silas had been moved, expert testifies on fourth day of Fields’ trial

By Record News | Dec 7, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Bloodstains in the room where Carl Silas died show he died directly below the ceiling rather than in bed, expert witness Michael Knox told jurors in the trial of murder suspect David Fields on Dec. 6.

Fields' attorney calls investigation of Carl Silas murder 'subpar'; Trial continues in St. Clair Co.

By Record News | Dec 5, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Defense attorney Ryan Neal told St. Clair County jurors in opening arguments on Tuesday that victim Carl Silas was moved after the murder.

Gori arrested for DUI in Edwardsville on eve of Thanksgiving; expected to appear in court Wednesday

By Record News | Dec 5, 2018

Asbestos attorney Randy Gori is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fields’ lawyers to argue that body of murder victim was moved; testimony to begin Tuesday

By Record News | Dec 4, 2018

“Our theory is that the entire story (Jamie) Lott and the family derived was a lie based on scientific evidence,” defense attorney Brittany Kimble said during pre-trial proceedings Monday.

Prosecutor drops late-arriving blood spatter report in second Fields trial

By Record News | Dec 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE - On the first morning of the second murder trial of David Fields, special prosecutor Charles Colburn withdrew a blood spatter report that he obtained after the first trial ended in July.

Fields prosecutor delivers new test results after repeatedly telling judge discovery was complete

By Record News | Nov 30, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A blood spatter analysis in the murder of Carl Silas wasn't ordered until three weeks after the first trial of David Fields ended in a mistrial in July.

Outgoing Sen. Clayborne draws down campaign funds in airfare and hotel expenditures

By Record News | Nov 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator James Clayborne, whose campaign fund held about $200,000 when he announced his retirement, has drained much of that amount on travel.

Legitimacy of ‘good faith’ settlement questioned

By The Madison County Record | Nov 28, 2018

When two parties in litigation agree to a “good faith” settlement, that’s good, right? It brings the dispute to an end sooner, ensures that the outcome is acceptable to both sides, and eliminates the risk of a decision less favorable to one side or the other.

Chatham & Baricevic, lawyers sue accountant over tax troubles

By Record News | Nov 27, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Charles J. Baricevic, Grey Chatham, and their firm were subjected to fines and penalties on their taxes, according to a complaint Chatham filed in St. Clair County circuit court on Nov. 19.

Second Amendment remains a check on government

By The Madison County Record | Nov 26, 2018

On November 6, 67,351 or 67.1 percent of voters approved a non-binding referendum making Madison County a "sanctuary gun county."

Sad or glad to see Clayborne go?

By The Madison County Record | Nov 23, 2018

James Clayborne (D-East St. Louis) has served as an Illinois state senator since 1995. He has served as majority leader since 2009. This year, he decided not to run for re-election and return to private law practice instead.

Lawyers for Fields want to prevent second mistrial; Ask judge to exclude alleged gun conversation

By Record News | Nov 19, 2018

BELLEVILLE – With the second trial of murder suspect David Fields set to start Dec. 3, his lawyers proposed a plan to prevent a second mistrial.

Objector wants class counsel fees in $250 million Hale settlement cut; Says they could have won much more at trial

By Record News | Nov 19, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who reached a $250 million settlement with State Farm don’t deserve a third in fees because they likely would have won much more at trial, according to class member Lisa Marlow of Cocoa, Fla.

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