The Madison County Record News

Why Judge Robert LeChien is ‘irreplaceable’

By The Madison County Record | Jul 17, 2018

Some judges are irreplaceable. It might be their vast knowledge of the law, their many years on the bench, their Solomonic wisdom, the unique rhetorical flair that made their opinions a delight to read even for those who disagreed with them, or some other distinctive attribute.

Prosecutor in upcoming Fields' murder trial doesn't want cameras in courtroom

By Record News | Jul 17, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Illinois appellate prosecutor Charles Colburn doesn’t want video coverage at the murder trial of David Fields, set to start on July 23.

In pre-dawn order, Herndon rips lawyer for veterans commissioner in suit against current and former officials

By Record News | Jul 17, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – At 4:03 a.m. on July 12, U.S. District Judge David Herndon posted an order ripping lawyer Tom Burkart and canceling a July 23 trial date for Burkart’s client, Madison County Veteran Assistance Commissioner Brad Lavite.

Vote 'Yes' to make Madison County a Second Amendment sanctuary county

By The Madison County Record | Jul 17, 2018

Americans are not weak, you are not weak, but if we allow weak political leaders to make decisions for us, we are complicit in where we are being led...where our children are being led.

Reagan rejects nationwide uConnect class action, but certifies Illinois, Missouri, Michigan claims

By Record News | Jul 12, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville city attorney Brian Flynn can’t lead a class action for Chrysler owners nationwide but can lead an Illinois class, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan ruled on July 5.

Lawyers for Recorder Meyer cite conflict of interest in withdrawing representation in retaliation suit

By Record News | Jul 12, 2018

BENTON – Lawyers for Madison County dropped Recorder Amy Meyer as client in a retaliation suit of former employee Jackie Barlow, citing a conflict of interest.

Split in Mautino spending decision is defeat for challenger, but earlier ruling means auditor general can’t run again

By Record News | Jul 10, 2018

CHICAGO – Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s former campaign committee violated no laws by identifying a garage and a bank as recipients of payments that others received, the state election board decided on July 10.

The truth, and nothing but

By The Madison County Record | Jul 10, 2018

It's an election year, and voters in St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties should consider what just happened in their courthouse in People v. Ronald Duebbert.

Duebbert attorney says prosecution was political; Visiting judge: 'this case is over'

By Record News | Jul 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE - As visiting Judge Michael McHaney dismissed charges against Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert in court on July 6, he appeared as if he was in a hurry to get out of St. Clair County.

Seventh Circuit reverses Reagan’s denial of attorney fees in civil rights trial

By Record News | Jul 5, 2018

CHICAGO – Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan of East St. Louis improperly denied fees to Judith Redwood of St. Joseph (Champaign County) after her client won a civil rights trial, Seventh Circuit appellate judges ruled on June 29.

Seventh Circuit allows class action objector to target side bargains

By Record News | Jul 3, 2018

CHICAGO – Ted Frank of the Center for Class Action Fairness can pursue a claim that phony objectors cheated a class, U.S. Seventh Circuit judges ruled on June 26.

At Janus oral arguments, lawyer for AFSCME predicted members would strike if no longer compelled to pay fees

By Record News | Jun 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers should brace for strikes now that government unions can no longer compel members to pay agency fees for political campaigns, attorney David Frederick said last December arguing for unions before the U.S. Supreme Court.

‘This case has reached its end,’ Gilbert writes in shutting down Cook’s car crusher suit

By Record News | Jun 27, 2018

BENTON – U.S. Senior District Judge Phil Gilbert shut down an injury suit that Bruce Cook’s firm in Belleville filed for car crusher Richard Clark of Cobden.

Justice delayed is justice denied

By The Madison County Record | Jun 26, 2018

Civility has been much in the news lately. It is characterized by “politeness and courtesy.” Courtesy as in letting crime victims know when their cases are being adjudicated- or endlessly postponed.

Clifford will treat Chief Justice Karmeier as hostile witness in upcoming Hale v. State Farm trial

By Record News | Jun 26, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Attorney Robert Clifford of Chicago plans to call Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier as a hostile witness in a civil racketeering trial against State Farm in September.

In Fields’ pre-trial hearing, prosecutor concedes Silas not killed by shotgun; and Judge Duebbert not relevant to case

By Record News | Jun 26, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Police didn’t test bullets in the murder of Carl Silas, prosecutor Charles Colburn conceded a month before the trial of suspect David Fields.

Text message to special prosecutor before charges filed against Duebbert: Accuser 'embellished'

By Record News | Jun 25, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyer Alex Enyart told a prosecutor that the accuser of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert embellished his story, according to a text message filed in the case which is set for trial starting July 9.

Attorney for Mounds’ officer calls attorney fee request 76 times verdict ‘excessive’

By Record News | Jun 19, 2018

BENTON – Former U.S. district judge Patrick Murphy and colleague Shari Rohde deserve nothing for a $2,500 jury verdict or deserve less than the $190,027.31 they seek, Mounds police officer Dustin Turska argued in district court on June 13.

Gibbons’ arms-length argument in raid of Prenzler administration fails to persuade, transcript shows

By Record News | Jun 19, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, who started an investigation into county board chairman Kurt Prenzler and created a task force for it, lost an argument that the investigation and the task force weren’t his.