BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County jurors in recent civil trials rendered a big verdict for one plaintiff, tiny verdicts for two, and no verdict at all for one.
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BELLEVILLE – Margaret Ashmann, 85, whose children claim she isn’t competent enough to be independent, understood a decision of a probate judge well enough to weep.
Watson and County must defend sexual assault suit; Deputy allegedly twice victimized woman in her home
BENTON – Sheriff Rick Watson and St. Clair County must defend claims that their failures caused deputy Robert Sneed to sexually assault a woman in her home twice, U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle ruled on Aug. 10.
Last week, attorney Margaret Lowery filed a petition in St. Clair County Circuit Court seeking to have Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson substituted for cause in her case against Trent’s Quality Construction. She accuses Gleeson of having demonstrated bias against her following an incident that occurred two years ago.
BELLEVILLE – Before the trial of murder suspect David Fields in St. Clair County Circuit Court started July 23 – ending in mistrial July 26 - special prosecutor Charles Colburn conceded 23 evidence motions that defense lawyers Brittany Kimble and Ryan Neal presented to Circuit Judge Robert Haida.
Belleville attorney wants chief judge substituted for cause; Claims his ARDC complaint against her shows bias
BELLEVILLE – Attorney regulators closed an investigation of charges Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson brought against lawyer Margaret Lowery, according to a petition she filed in his court on July 26.
BELLEVILLE – Without cameras in the courtroom, jurors heard opening arguments Tuesday in the murder trial of suspect David Fields, accused of shooting Carl Silas at his Belleville apartment before dawn on Dec. 30, 2016.
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BELLEVILLE – Illinois appellate prosecutor Charles Colburn doesn’t want video coverage at the murder trial of David Fields, set to start on July 23.
Budget constraints across the state's judicial system is blocking any move to replace a deceased judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, according to its Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson.
Gleeson says he won't return judge cleared of charges to bench, but says Duebbert can petition Supreme Court for return
St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert will remain on administrative duties despite criminal charges against him being dropped last week.
BELLEVILLE - As visiting Judge Michael McHaney dismissed charges against Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert in court on July 6, he appeared as if he was in a hurry to get out of St. Clair County.
Criminal charges against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert are being dropped just four days before trial was set to begin.
BELLEVILLE – Lawyer Alex Enyart told a prosecutor that the accuser of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert embellished his story, according to a text message filed in the case which is set for trial starting July 9.
BELLEVILLE - St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, whose motorcycle crashed in Florida last October, told his insurer that witnesses said he flew 150 feet and rolled 200 fee
Laninya Cason knows where she needs to get the votes to win the race for Resident Circuit Judge in St. Clair County - the city where she grew up and where her family still lives, East St. Louis.
Evidence that a man accused of murder was on electronic home detention when the shooting death happened cannot be used in his trial, an appeals court has ruled,
BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has appointed a Belleville News-Democrat reporter as media coordinator for the sexual abuse trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, starting July 9.
Environmental litigators reach out to Monsanto class; Some say they've been led to believe 'much' more coming
BELLEVILLE – After appellate court judges vacated a settlement between Monsanto and lawyers for 11,256 St. Clair County clients on April 18, the lawyers assured the clients that the settlement remains valid.