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Illinois Third Judicial Circuit Court News

Fifth District Appellate Court upholds Baldwin murder conviction but reverses ruling for consecutive sentences

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld the murder conviction of Marcus Baldwin.

Go-cart crash prompts 36-count wrongful death suit; But coroner's verdict says man died of heart disease

The surviving spouse of a man allegedly killed following a go-cart crash two years ago at Gateway Motorsports Park has filed a 36-count wrongful death lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court.

Edwardsville attorneys reach out to low-income residents with free legal services

EDWARDSVILLE — The Edwardsville legal community wants to remind the locals that they are working to provide legal support to lower-income individuals in need of aid.

Ex-husband ordered to pay over half of woman's attorney fees, according to appellate court's affirmation

The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed that an ex-husband should pay over half of his former spouse's attorney fees from the divorce.

Court records yield more than a decade of troubles for Glen Carbon couple who died in murder-suicide

Neither Madison County justice nor Christy Campbell held Justin Campbell accountable until Christy fatally shot him.  

Madison County IT director says operating system was removed from former official's computer

Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente left behind a computer no one can start, according to information technology director Ron Dorman.  

Wood River business owners sue Roxana woman over defamatory social media posts

EDWARDSVILLE — A couple who owns a Wood River vehicle wraps and window-tinting business are suing a Roxana woman over defamatory Facebook and other online posts challenging one of the owners' Native American heritage and claiming the two are in an abusive relationship.

Wigginton bills county $31K for investigating signatures of tax cut proponents; Referendum ultimately passed 4 to 1

Attorney Stephen Wigginton has sent Madison County a $31,725 bill for his investigation into petitions supporting a tax limiting ballot initiative last year.

Mesothelioma victim lacks credibility

Stan Urban had sought $10 million in damages from a company that may or may not have had anything to do with his exposure, and he sought it in a Madison County courthouse with which neither he nor the defendant had any connection.

Asbestos trust transparency may be an idea whose time has come

Is asbestos trust transparency an idea whose time has come? Will 2017 be the year that a reform proposal finally becomes law?

E Pluribus Unum

“From many, One.” I wonder, with the lack of civics training in public schools, how many citizens actually can state and more importantly, translate the phrase. I would think the numbers are small, indeed, very small.

Dugan picked to fill Barberis vacancy in Third Circuit

East Alton attorney David W. Dugan has been picked to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit, created when former circuit judge John Barberis was elected to the appellate court in November.

I-LAW encourages voters to pay attention to upcoming judicial races

Voters are being encouraged to educate themselves on judicial candidates running for election and judges running for retention during this week of "Lawsuit Abuse Awareness," especially those who have personal injury litigation backgrounds or who receive campaign contributions from personal injury interests. 

Landlord sues tenants for $210,000 in back rent, other costs

EDWARDSVILLE — Two Wood River, Illinois tenants are being sued by their landlord for more than $210,000 in back rent and other associated costs.

Philip Morris rejects Caperton comparison to Price; Defense responds to Tillery in $10.1 billion tobacco case

SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers who claim a U.S. Supreme Court decision disqualifies Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier from a case involving Philip Morris miss their mark, according to Philip Morris.

Illinois Supreme Court establishes uniform standards, certification process for problem-solving courts

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the creation of uniform standards and a certification and application process for problem-solving courts across the state. Statewide standards will bring uniformity, accountability and administrative oversight to problem solving courts in Illinois, where there are already more than 100 in operation and more in the planning stages.

Next round begins in lawyers' battle for billions; Tillery team seeks to restore Price, disqualify Karmeier

SPRINGFIELD – Lawyer Stephen Tillery wants all Illinois Supreme Court Justices except Lloyd Karmeier to consider restoring a $10 billion judgment he won against cigarette maker Philip Morris in 2003. On Nov. 17, Robert King of Tillery’s firm moved to recall a mandate the Court issued against the judgment in 2005. King also moved for Karmeier’s recusal or disqualification, citing an objective and reasonable public perception of his bias in favor of Philip Morris.

IDC supports Prairie Farms in seeking to reverse revived '06 case; argument centers on plaintiffs' failure to meet deadlines

SPRINGFIELD – Court orders that dismiss civil actions should count as final judgments if plaintiffs ignore deadlines to amend, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel argues at the Illinois Supreme Court.

Edwardsville couple's $1.53 million jury verdict involving sediment trespass will stand

The Illinois Supreme Court on Sept. 30 denied the defendants' petition for leave to appeal a Fifth District Appellate Court decision that upheld a verdict awarding Fred and Jaunita Steinkuehler $765,000 in compensatory damages against both defendants and $765,000 in punitive damages against Thiems.

Stobbs rules MC asbestos court lacks personal jurisidction over Texan defendant; Murco's joint compound blend also did not contain asbestos

Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs dismissed a Texas defendant from an asbestos suit on Oct. 20, for lack of jurisdiction. He entered an order in favor of Murco Wall Products six days after a hearing. “Defendant Murco maintains that they did not conduct business or make sales of products manufactured by Murco to the state of Illinois and the plaintiff offers insufficient evidence that it did,” Stobbs wrote.