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Judge dismisses Cueto's invasion of privacy claims against Post and ICJL

Cueto BELLEVILLE - Circuit Judge Patrick Hitpas has dismissed Amiel Cueto's claims against the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Illinois Civil Justice League in which he alleged they invaded his privacy by placing him in false light.

Cueto can't depose reporter, appellate court rules

MOUNT VERNON - Disbarred lawyer Amiel Cueto can't question Belleville News-Democrat reporter George Pawlaczyk under oath about events that led to Cueto's imprisonment, the Fifth District Appellate Court decided.

Motions hearing set for Monday in Cueto suit against newspapers, columnist

Cueto Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder is scheduled to hear motions in a lawsuit filed by disbarred attorney Amiel Cueto against a St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist, his employer and five other defendants.

An Illinois solution: Non-partisan elections

Murnane The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in Caperton v. Massey Coal Co. is certain to re-kindle talk of the 2004 Illinois Supreme Court election in which Justice Lloyd Karmeier defeated former Appellate Justice Gordon Maag in the Fifth Illinois District in Southern Illinois.

Family sues funeral home over assault

The daughter and grandson of a deceased woman have filed two separate complaints against Wallace Broadview Funeral Home and two of its employees, alleging they were physically assaulted by the employees and were not given a private viewing room for their relative.

Reporter's lawyer argues for overturning Cueto subpoena

MOUNT VERNON - A lawyer for the Belleville News-Democrat on Wednesday asked appellate court justices to overturn an order compelling a reporter to submit to a deposition in a lawsuit filed by disbarred attorney Amiel Cueto.

Trial lawyers take a swing at youth baseball

Mercadante As Mother Nature slowly relinquishes her icy grip and allows the cold Chicago winter to transition to spring – those of us who live and breathe Chicago baseball begin to get our annual "itch" for Lou, Ozzie and the boys of summer to take the field.

Cueto suing justices over his disbarment; wants other orders overturned

Amiel Cueto Illinois Supreme Court justices have asked federal Judge David Herndon in East St. Louis to stay discovery in a suit brought against them by disbarred attorney Amiel Cueto.

Everything you need to know about Illinois politics

"Durbin: commute Ryan sentence"

Rethinking Jay Hoffman

He shouldn't be, but Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville) remains the favorite to win re-election on Tuesday.

Paying cash for grades cheats education

Proft William Butler Yeats once wrote, "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."

Palin takes real risk for real change

Eric Kohn That Barack Obama and his entire campaign can't stop taking about Sarah Palin only serves to demonstrate John McCain's deft savvy in selecting her as his running mate.

There's a reason why SWA is still languishing

Ed Murnane The Illinois Manufacturers Association, one of Illinois' oldest (115-years) and most respected business associations, distributes a weekly "Springfield Highlights" to its members every Friday when the Illinois General Assembly is in session.

Rep. Hoffman referenced in Rezko trial

Rep. Hoffman

How Charlton Heston saved academic freedom at Northwestern University

His autobiography was entitled, "In the Arena" and that is most certainly where Charlton Heston lived his life.

The deal Republicans should make on school funding in Illinois

Proft A Democrat Governor proposes tax cuts, however fleeting, and Republican legislative leaders respond by asking, "How's he going to pay for them?"

Reporter held in contempt for refusing deposition by Cueto

Belleville News-Democrat reporter George Pawlaczyk was held in contempt of court after he refused to give deposition testimony to Amiel Cueto in connection with a suit against the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Illinois Civil Justice League and its political action committee, JUSTPAC.

Professor Harold Hill runs for President

Hopkins Sen. Obama may have much to give in public life, much value to this state, this nation and indeed, in time, this planet. Just not now.

More doctors or more lawyers?

In the end, it's not about our civil rights or access to our courts. Illinois' running debate over the size of "pain and suffering" awards in medical malpractice lawsuits is about priorities.

QA: Sen. Watson talks current events

Editor's note: A Record reporter stopped by State Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson's Greenville office to discuss current events. Here's what he had to say: