Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Duebbert’s attorney moves for sanctions in dispute with insurer

By Record News | Jun 6, 2018

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

Candidate for judgeship cites entrenched power as main obstacle to successful run

By John Breslin | Jun 4, 2018

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.

Electronic monitoring evidence cannot be introduced in murder trial

By John Breslin | May 18, 2018

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,

Gleeson designates BND reporter as media coordinator for Duebbert trial

By Record News | May 16, 2018

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

By Record News | May 15, 2018

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.

Murder suspect’s attorney says discovery continues to roll in four months after investigator swore that all was disclosed

By Record News | May 8, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers for murder suspect David Fields continue receiving evidence four months after lead investigator Justin Biggs swore that defense counsel had it all.

Wine and spirits executive prevails in appeal brought by Randall's

By Ann Maher | May 8, 2018

An executive in the alcohol industry who was sued for allegedly telling a St. Louis TV reporter that she had been fired from Randall's Wine & Spirits on the basis of transgender discrimination has prevailed at the Fifth District Appellate Court.

13 pages of text messages between prosecutor and lawyer for Duebbert accuser show up

By Record News | May 7, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Text messages between prosecutor Lorinda Lamken and Belleville lawyer Alex Enyart have popped up as evidence for the sexual abuse trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert.

IDC to hold Law Day event May 4 at Wildey Theater; This year's theme: 'separation of powers'

By Ann Maher | May 1, 2018

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel will celebrate Law Day on May 4 with a judges' panel discussing issues related to separation of powers and the role the judicial branch plays in enforcing and upholding the law.

Belleville cop sues Bruce Cook and firm over auto accident that left him 'sick, lame and disabled'

By Record News | May 1, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyer Bruce N. Cook is being sued over a May 19, 2016 auto accident that allegedly left a Belleville policeman sick, lame and disabled.

Deposition in Cook case: ‘Don’t tell me what to do;’ 'Don’t talk to me in that tone of voice’

By Record News | May 1, 2018

BENTON – “I am an unpleasant old man,” attorney Bruce N. Cook of Belleville said at a deposition on April 12 after calling the witness’s lawyer a “cheat,” and a day after he sparred with another deponent in the same case, calling him a “hot shot.”

Judges Gleeson and Lopinot get dressed down for being slackers

By The Madison County Record | Apr 27, 2018

Wouldn't it be great if students could hand in test papers or book reports and their teachers would mark a big A+ on each one without bothering to read them?

St. Clair County pollution settlement with Monsanto met with stern disapproval at Fifth District

By Record News | Apr 20, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – In a mass action case under seal at St. Clair County Circuit Court, judges Andrew Gleeson and Vincent Lopinot approved settlement of 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto without reading the agreements behind it, according to Fifth District appellate judges.

Kolker reversed in Millstadt homeowners association dispute

By Record News | Apr 18, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges reversed St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker for ruling that a homeowners association can’t charge dues and assessments because it doesn’t exist.

Democrat judicial candidates raise more than $200K in first quarter

By Record News | Apr 17, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Campaign treasuries of four judicial candidates on the Democratic ticket held more than $200,000 as of April 1, their quarterly statements show.

Judge in Duebbert case allows testimony from alleged victim 18 years ago, and predicts guilt

By Record News | Apr 16, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney, after predicting that jurors would convict Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert of sexual abuse if he allowed testimony from an alleged victim 18 years ago, decided to allow the testimony.

Med mal case dismissed by plaintiffs comes back with new judge

By The Madison County Record | Apr 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Clients of Joseph Bartholomew changed their minds about dismissing a medical malpractice suit, and in the process they apparently changed the judge presiding over it.

Fifth District judges vacate guilty plea in ’13 Washington Park armed robbery

By Record News | Apr 11, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges cut short a sentence of 18 years by vacating a guilty plea to armed robbery that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida accepted in 2014.

Insurer wants court to declare it doesn't owe uninsured or under-insured coverage to Duebbert in motorcycle crash

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Progressive Northern Insurance Co. is seeking a declaration that a policy carried by Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert does not provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage for a motorcycle accident he was involved in last year in Florida.

Trial date in Duebbert case moves up from June 23 to May 7

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney quietly accelerated the felony trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, moving it up from June 23 to May 7.

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