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Ruocco: A candidate's gender should be irrelevant in political discourse

When one candidate believes another is behaving inappropriately, that candidate should be able and encouraged to call out and discourage such behavior. The respective genders of the candidates involved should be irrelevant.

Defense attorney makes deputy swear all discovery has been disclosed in Silas murder investigation; Trial set July 23

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida has set trial for murder suspect David Fields to start on July 23.

Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy belong to an exclusive 'club'

If the resolution of the opioid problem rightfully belongs to the legislative and executive branches and the defendants might be ready to settle, why get the courts involved in setting up an MDL? Who benefits from that?

Suspects detained 9 months under ‘SAFE’ program sue former LaSalle County SA Brian Towne, others

CHICAGO – Two men who spent nine months each in LaSalle County jail under $1 million bond seek damages from former state’s attorney Brian Towne, creator of a fake police squad that arrested them.

Plaintiff admissions in Hale v. State Farm pinned mostly on one out of 18 lawyers; Trial set May 7

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers preparing for a $9 billion racketeering trial against State Farm, under orders to admit or deny statements, pinned almost all their admissions on one lawyer and a class of plaintiffs who lost a case in 2005.

IADC to hold legal writing and advocacy seminar in Edwardsville

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel is presenting a legal writing and advocacy seminar on Feb. 15 at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville.

Women candidates need to be perceived as 'not weak'

Katherine Ruocco thinks someone is bullying her when she is caught stealing a slogan and social media posts. I would expect more from someone like her who wants to be a judge, especially as a woman.

The fall of Judge Byron

Despite all his years on the bench, former Madison County circuit judge Nicholas Byron seems not to have mastered the stool.

Testimony on destruction of Madison County data continues in Lavite’s case against former administration

BENTON – After hours of argument and testimony at two hearings about destruction of data in Madison County government, U.S. Magistrate Reona Daly hasn’t begun to solve the mystery.

Illinois Supreme Court mulling who gets consolidated opioid cases – Cook Co. or Springfield judge

SPRINGFIELD – Supreme Court Justices must decide whether suits that counties continue filing against opioid manufacturers belong with a judge from Cook County or a judge from Springfield.

Ruocco: Bully on the bench

Judge Kolker’s unreasonable behavior creates a chilling effect that discourages the legitimate exercise of one’s legal right to speak. We don’t need bullies on the bench.

Kolker campaign: 'facts are stubborn things'

I read with interest Ms. Ruocco's recent letter that she did not knowingly take Kolker for Judge's campaign slogan and social media posts. She also claimed she did not use the Kolker for Judge slogan of "Raising the Bar."

Ruocco responds to Kolker's slogan stealing accusations

Alleging one candidate is “copying” another’s use of these predictably overlapping themes is ludicrous.

Someone needs to monitor our State Board of Elections

“With 19,520 registered voters as of January 13, 2012, and only 19,000 persons over the age of 18 [in East St. Louis], according to the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 report, it seems that we have now a major case of over-registration,” Matt Hawkins of the East St. Louis Alliance for Change lamented six years ago.

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.

Biased or not, Kolker's decision not likely to stand

He insists that his decision was not politically motivated and that he had the law on his side. Nevertheless, Associate Judge Chris Kolker's decision – overturning Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order nullifying the so-called “fair share” fees that non-union state workers must pay to the unions ostensibly representing them – is likely to have little long-term effect.