St. Clair County jurors found David Fields not guilty of the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas of Belleville.
Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News
The problems plaguing courtrooms throughout Illinois are well-documented. Our courts have seen ridiculous cases over having too many peanuts in a bag of mixed nuts or allegations of being “injured” by paying higher prices for products than their self-claimed worth.
Fields' attorney calls investigation of Carl Silas murder 'subpar'; Trial continues in St. Clair Co.
BELLEVILLE – Defense attorney Ryan Neal told St. Clair County jurors in opening arguments on Tuesday that victim Carl Silas was moved after the murder.
“Our theory is that the entire story (Jamie) Lott and the family derived was a lie based on scientific evidence,” defense attorney Brittany Kimble said during pre-trial proceedings Monday.
BELLEVILLE - On the first morning of the second murder trial of David Fields, special prosecutor Charles Colburn withdrew a blood spatter report that he obtained after the first trial ended in July.
BELLEVILLE – A blood spatter analysis in the murder of Carl Silas wasn't ordered until three weeks after the first trial of David Fields ended in a mistrial in July.
When two parties in litigation agree to a “good faith” settlement, that’s good, right? It brings the dispute to an end sooner, ensures that the outcome is acceptable to both sides, and eliminates the risk of a decision less favorable to one side or the other.
BELLEVILLE – Charles J. Baricevic, Grey Chatham, and their firm were subjected to fines and penalties on their taxes, according to a complaint Chatham filed in St. Clair County circuit court on Nov. 19.
NEW YORK CITY – Louis Burke, the American Bar Association’s expert on class actions, said he has never seen anything like the 25.8 percent charge for expenses in a settlement between Monsanto and plaintiffs in a pollution suit.
Associate Judge Heinz Rudolph has defeated his Republican challenger for a seat on the 20th Judicial Circuit.
Kolker wins resident circuit seat; Republican Cason 'extremely disappointed' at tenor of race, attacks
Associate Judge Chris Kolker fended off a challenge from Republican Laninya Cason for a seat on the 20th Judicial Circuit.
Evans wants to wait for tallying of 6K outstanding ballots in race for circuit seat; O'Gara grateful for unofficial results showing 4K lead
Republican Paul Evans is not conceding defeat in the race for an open spot on the 20th Judicial Circuit.
Three judges were retained by voters in the 20th Judicial Circuit, including one who faced a campaign to oust her following a decision to lower bail for an alleged child murderer.
Three contested judicial elections that could potentially lead to three associate judge vacancies, three retention polls, one judge still on administrative duties, and controversy over bail for an alleged child murderer - these are busy times within in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and for its Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson.
Disappearing sign mystery partly solved by camera; But county board member says signs in right of way are wrong
St. Clair County Board member Bob Trentman, who represents District 14 in Belleville, doesn't deny it was him captured in a photograph before dawn on Oct. 25 removing a political sign from right of way property on Lebanon Avenue near its T-intersection with Hartman Lane.
Three open circuit court seats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will be decided next week, in what are the most most competitive judicial contests seen for some years.
Yandle remands J&J baby powder case back to St. Clair against argument Walgreens added to defeat diversity
BELLEVILLE – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Oct. 15 remanded a case back to the 20th Judicial Circuit Court of St. Clair County saying the federal court lacked jurisdiction in a woman’s alleged wrongful death from the use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder.
Clayborne’s legal bill defending contractor is prioritized over homeowner's judgment in shoddy work lawsuit, plaintiff says; Judge refutes
A Belleville homeowner who won a lawsuit against a home repair contractor is speaking out, saying the real winner isn't her, but rather the politically connected law firm that represented the man she sued.
Belleville native Amy St. Eve was officially sworn in last month as a new judge on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.