Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court News

Man convicted of murder claims counsel did not interview all witnesses

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 2, 2018

A man convicted of murder should receive a hearing on his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, an appeals court ruled.

Fifth District affirms conviction in murder of Washington Park mayor

By Charmaine Little | Sep 27, 2018

MT. VERNON –– The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a conviction in the first-degree murder of Washington Park Mayor John Thornton.

Appeals court ends neighbors' driveway dispute

By Charmaine Little | Sep 27, 2018

A Red Bud homeowner cannot make her neighbor pay to repair a shared easement, an appeals court ruled.

Jasper Oil Producers lose appeal against Dupo Oilfield verdict

By John Breslin | Sep 24, 2018

Dupo Oilfield Development did not break a contract with Jasper Oil Producers, an appellate court ruled on Sept. 10.

Appellate court backs decision to strip parental rights from jailed father

By John Breslin | Sep 24, 2018

Madison County Circuit Court properly stripped a convicted sex offender of his parental rights, an appeals court ruled on Aug. 30.

No evidence of other alleged crimes allowed in murder case, appeals court rules

By John Breslin | Sep 24, 2018

Prosecutors cannot introduce new evidence of earlier crimes allegedly committed by a man charged with first-degree murder, an appeals court ruled.

Couple divorced four times in 26 years in court again over property settlement

By John Breslin | Sep 20, 2018

A couple, divorced four times from each other, are in dispute over a property settlement.

Prisoner's habeas corpus petition denied by appeals court

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 31, 2018

A man serving 60 years in prison for first-degree murder will not receive a hearing to review his case, an appeals court ruled.

Appellate court upholds sex offender plea deal

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 30, 2018

A sex offender cannot withdraw his guilty plea, an appellate court ruled.

Fifth District affirms dismissal of FOID card case

By Karen Kidd | Aug 30, 2018

MT VERNON, Ill. (Madison - St. Clair Record) — An Illinois appeals court has affirmed dismissal of a complaint by three would-be gun owners who allegedly did not receive firearm owner's identification cards from the Illinois State Police within 30 days of their applications.

Majority of Fifth District published opinions favor plaintiffs; Defense rulings mostly filed as Rule 23 decisions

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 29, 2018

According to Fifth District Appellate Court decisions dating back through 2016, the appellate court tends to favor plaintiffs in published opinions and defendants in Rule 23 rulings.

Appellate court denies sex offender's request for judgment relief

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 29, 2018

A convicted sex offender cannot reverse his conviction, an appellate court ruled.

Man loses appeal from St. Clair County murder case

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 29, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court upheld a first-degree murder conviction against a man who challenged the verdict over his fitness to stand trial.

Father of six receives full custody over mother's objections

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 26, 2018

An appeals court upheld a ruling granting sole custody to a father of six in a long-running divorce case.

Appellate court reverses sex offender registration conviction

By Charmaine Little | Aug 26, 2018

An Illinois appeals court reversed a man’s conviction after he was accused of failing to register as a sex offender.

Appeal fails, father loses parental rights

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 23, 2018

A St. Clair County father lost his attempt to overturn a lower court's ruling revoking his parental rights.

Fifth District affirms Becker’s order denying request to appropriate VAC funds for attorney’s fees; Becker praised for maintaining status quo

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 2, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed Clinton County Associate Judge William Becker’s order denying veteran services officer Brad Lavite’s request to pay attorney’s fees with funds intended for assisting Madison County veterans.

ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT: Administrative Director Declares Illinois Associate Judge Appointed in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit

By Press release submission | Jul 29, 2018

Marcia M. Meis, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Twentieth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Tameeka L. Purchase as an associate judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

Asbestos defense attorney says Jeffs v Ford decision clarifies jurisdiction questions

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jul 26, 2018

The highly anticipated Ford Motor Company jurisdiction appeal was released as an unpublished Rule 23 decision after the appellate court remained under advisement for roughly a year and a half; but an asbestos defense attorney said the ruling still provides assistance for defendants raising jurisdiction objections in Madison County

Fifth District reverses Stobbs on asbestos jurisdiction ruling; Goldenhersh dissents

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jul 16, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court on Thursday reversed Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ order denying Ford Motor Company’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in an asbestos case.

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