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Looking forward to the well running dry

By The Madison County Record | May 9, 2018

It's interesting how two people or groups of people can have completely different reactions to the same situation. Consider the diametrically opposed perspectives on the legal climate in Madison County. The hellhole status we've deplored for years is considered positively paradisaical by profiteers.

Murder suspect’s attorney says discovery continues to roll in four months after investigator swore that all was disclosed

By Record News | May 8, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers for murder suspect David Fields continue receiving evidence four months after lead investigator Justin Biggs swore that defense counsel had it all.

Judge Katz rules against MESD commissioners involving creation of special tax

By Record News | May 8, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Commissioners of Metro East Sanitary District exceeded their authority when they created a special service area in St. Clair County, associate judge Julie Katz ruled on May 4.

13 pages of text messages between prosecutor and lawyer for Duebbert accuser show up

By Record News | May 7, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Text messages between prosecutor Lorinda Lamken and Belleville lawyer Alex Enyart have popped up as evidence for the sexual abuse trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert.

A curb that only one person trips on, once, may not be a 'hazard'

By The Madison County Record | May 1, 2018

When people trip and fall and hurt themselves, they deserve our sympathy. If we're somehow responsible for their accident, they may deserve compensation from us as well.

Belleville cop sues Bruce Cook and firm over auto accident that left him 'sick, lame and disabled'

By Record News | May 1, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyer Bruce N. Cook is being sued over a May 19, 2016 auto accident that allegedly left a Belleville policeman sick, lame and disabled.

Deposition in Cook case: ‘Don’t tell me what to do;’ 'Don’t talk to me in that tone of voice’

By Record News | May 1, 2018

BENTON – “I am an unpleasant old man,” attorney Bruce N. Cook of Belleville said at a deposition on April 12 after calling the witness’s lawyer a “cheat,” and a day after he sparred with another deponent in the same case, calling him a “hot shot.”

Corn growers allegedly fell for lawyer racket in Syngenta litigation; Suit claims Enyart misled farmers

By Record News | Apr 30, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS – Sixty thousand corn growers fell for a racket that Texas lawyer Mikal Watts led, lawyer Douglas Nill of Minneapolis claims in U.S. district court.

Judges Gleeson and Lopinot get dressed down for being slackers

By The Madison County Record | Apr 27, 2018

Wouldn't it be great if students could hand in test papers or book reports and their teachers would mark a big A+ on each one without bothering to read them?

Lawyers to get 75 percent of $9.8 million whistleblower suit against K-Mart; Tillery's take - $5.7 million

By Record News | Apr 24, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel awarded three fourths of a $9.8 million settlement to lawyers who sued failing retailer K-Mart.

'Hatchet piece' editorial took no guts to write

By The Madison County Record | Apr 24, 2018

I would much rather discuss this with the author of this hatchet piece editorial - Special prosecutors for everyone! - but since your fine publication allows its writers to hide behind the generic byline of “by the Madison County Record” that is impossible.

St. Clair County pollution settlement with Monsanto met with stern disapproval at Fifth District

By Record News | Apr 20, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – In a mass action case under seal at St. Clair County Circuit Court, judges Andrew Gleeson and Vincent Lopinot approved settlement of 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto without reading the agreements behind it, according to Fifth District appellate judges.

Special prosecutors for everyone!

By The Madison County Record | Apr 18, 2018

For the new craze of impugning the integrity of senior law enforcement officials and requesting the appointment of special prosecutors, we can thank, among others, fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Kolker reversed in Millstadt homeowners association dispute

By Record News | Apr 18, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges reversed St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker for ruling that a homeowners association can’t charge dues and assessments because it doesn’t exist.

Democrat judicial candidates raise more than $200K in first quarter

By Record News | Apr 17, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Campaign treasuries of four judicial candidates on the Democratic ticket held more than $200,000 as of April 1, their quarterly statements show.

Judge in Duebbert case allows testimony from alleged victim 18 years ago, and predicts guilt

By Record News | Apr 16, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney, after predicting that jurors would convict Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert of sexual abuse if he allowed testimony from an alleged victim 18 years ago, decided to allow the testimony.

Med mal case dismissed by plaintiffs comes back with new judge

By The Madison County Record | Apr 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Clients of Joseph Bartholomew changed their minds about dismissing a medical malpractice suit, and in the process they apparently changed the judge presiding over it.

Fifth District judges vacate guilty plea in ’13 Washington Park armed robbery

By Record News | Apr 11, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges cut short a sentence of 18 years by vacating a guilty plea to armed robbery that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida accepted in 2014.

How to stop senseless school shootings?

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

Just war means you kill the killer and he kills no more. Sadly, the political class claims the only way to stop the killing is to spend more on scientific research paid for by tax payers ($50 million so far).

Rauner must think twice before signing dangerous 5G 'small cell' wireless bill

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

The impact of Fifth Generation (5G) small cell wireless facility bills becoming law will mean: it does not matter who you are, how affluent you are, where you live, or who you know in "high places," a cell tower can soon be looming in your front yard.

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