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Emails that Gibbons sought to suppress promised free beer for '12 Haine fund-raiser

EDWARDSVILLE – Chief Illinois appellate prosecutor Patrick Delfino sponsored an event with free beer for State Sen. Bill Haine in 2012, according to electronic mail that Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons tried for months to suppress.

Seats at the opioid litigation table are rearranged; Simmons partner loses spot on executive committee

CLEVELAND – District Judge Dan Polster ordered plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation to rearrange seats at the table after a protest against the original executive committee rung out from West Virginia.

State’s Attorney Kelly will have primary challenge after objection denied

CHICAGO – All eight members of the State Electoral Board denied an objection that would have guaranteed the nomination of St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly as Democratic candidate for Congress.

#MeToo movement long overdue

In his January 5 Argument in this paper, John Hopkins calls the #Me Too movement an organized witch hunt.

Federal court to hear testimony next week in alleged ‘wiping’ of a Madison County hard drive

BENTON – While state police examine Madison County computers they seized on Jan. 10, U.S. Magistrate Judge Reona Daly prepares for a hearing on the wiping of a hard drive in the transition from the prior administration to the current one.

Kolker affirmed in cases paving the way for class actions; One plaintiff firm is campaign contributor

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges have affirmed two orders of 20th Circuit Associate Judge Christopher Kolker, paving the way for attorneys David Cates and John Driscoll to start class actions.

Victims of IRS's tea party bias - and taxpayers - must see Lois Lerner's testimony, lawyer says

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CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.

Felonious mayors, a tradition in Alorton

If it's true that American voters get the government they deserve, then the roughly two thousand residents of Alorton in St. Clair County must be truly deplorable. Or, they're extremely tolerant and forgiving.

Suspect found not guilty at October trial over weapons charge, now sees his jailer charged

BELLEVILLE – Tables turned for suspect Willie Long, who beat a felony charge and now sees his jailer facing two felony charges.

New felony misconduct charge sidelines vote-buying trial set to begin today against Alorton mayor

BELLEVILLE – When state police charged Alorton mayor Jo Ann Reed with felony misconduct last week, she lost a trial date on a prior charge and may lose her lawyers.

East St. Louis hires Baricevic firm, replacing outgoing Sen. Clayborne firm

EAST ST. LOUIS – City council members have hired former chief circuit judge John Baricevic, son Charles J. Baricevic, and Grey Chatham Sr., as corporation counsel.

Precinct committee ballot challenges result in some losses for top Democrats

BELLEVILLE – Three top Democrats fell to defeat in committeeman conflicts before the St. Clair County electoral board, one as counsel and two on their own.

Paul Evans would be big improvement over Vincent Lopinot

Four years ago, in the course of a single year, Katherine O’Malley, daughter of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael O’Malley, was charged with felony drug possession, shoplifting, and 14 traffic violations, but fined only $1,000 after pleading guilty to shoplifting, improper lane usage, and a seatbelt violation.

Plaintiffs in Hale v. State Farm ordered to improve discovery answers; Trial set May 7

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who claim State Farm corruptly secured the election of current Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier must improve their answers to questions State Farm posed for trial, U.S. Magistrate Stephen Williams has ruled.

Hearing for suspect in Silas murder postponed again

BELLEVILLE – On the date of a hearing for murder suspect David Fields, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida canceled the hearing.

Wigginton joins Simmons Hanly Conroy

EAST ST. LOUIS – Former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton has joined the firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, according to a notice he filed at U.S. district court on Dec. 7.

Wrongful death suit filed against former LaSalle County state's attorney

CHICAGO – Donna French and Kenneth French, sister and brother of the late Danny French, filed a wrongful death claim against former LaSalle County state’s attorney Brian Towne in U.S. district court on Nov. 29.

Northern District of Ohio judge picked to preside over opioid MDL

WASHINGTON – Multi district judges consolidated 155 opioid suits from 25 courts on Dec. 5, and chose District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland to preside over them.

ITLA responds to 'Judicial Hellhole' report

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has again recycled its annual “report” to stoke prejudice and fear of our state’s legal system. ATRA, a well-funded front group for the nation’s wealthiest corporations, works to undermine the independence of courts to help corporate interests avoid responsibility for their dangerous behavior and reckless actions.

Callis makes pitch to MDL panel for opioid litigation in SDIL; Judges' reaction shows apparent disinterest

ST. LOUIS – Former Madison County chief judge Ann Callis, now in private practice at the Goldenberg firm in Edwardsville, prompted laughter among members of a national panel of judges by asking them to transfer all opioid-related lawsuits to a judge who has never handled national litigation.