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Judge from Fourth Circuit will preside over state's case against Duebbert

Ann Maher Nov. 14, 2017, 2:00pm

A judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit will preside in the state's case against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert, according to an order signed by Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier on Nov. 7.

Felony charges brought against Duebbert over alleged sexual abuse of former client

The Madison County Record Nov. 6, 2017, 6:53pm

BELLEVILLE – Prosecutors who failed for a year to build a case that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert obstructed justice in a murder investigation now charge that he committed four crimes last year in a different case.

Former candidate for State Senate also seeking GOP nomination for Fiss seat

Ann Maher Nov. 3, 2017, 3:13pm

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea is seeking the Republican nomination for a judicial vacancy being created by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring next year.

More farmers join St. Clair County paraquat class action

The Madison County Record Oct. 30, 2017, 8:20am

BELLEVILLE – Three farmers more than 80 years old have joined a St. Clair County suit claiming weed killer paraquat caused them to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Woman alleges former Mt. Vernon police officer sexually assaulted her; Lawsuit filed by Marissa attorney seeking candidacy for circuit court

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 27, 2017, 4:10pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – A woman is suing the City of Mt. Vernon and a former police officer after the officer allegedly abused his authority and sexually assaulted her while on duty.

Former client of Duebbert claims sexual battery in petition seeking to withdraw guilty plea

The Madison County Record Oct. 24, 2017, 9:04pm

BELLEVILLE – Carlos Rodriguez of Belleville, who swore while on probation for fleeing police that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert sexually battered him when in private practice, had signed a different affidavit 12 days earlier.

Marissa attorney announces candidacy for circuit court on GOP ticket

Ann Maher Oct. 24, 2017, 11:16am

Attorney Marshall Hilmes of Marissa is seeking election as circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit for the seat being vacated next year by Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring.

Authorities differ on process for filling circuit court judicial vacancy

Ann Maher Oct. 23, 2017, 4:08pm

Filling a judicial vacancy that was created upon the death of St. Clair County circuit judge Robert LeChien nearly two months ago remains in limbo as two authorities maintain different positions on how the process works for filling it.

Duebbert survives motorcycle crash with minor injuries; Calls it 'divine intervention'

Ann Maher Oct. 18, 2017, 10:07am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert said he escaped more serious injury riding on his full size cruising motorcycle earlier this week because "God was my passenger who clearly wanted me to go back to work."

If the inmates are running the asylum, you might live in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2017, 1:43pm

There's never a dull moment in St. Clair County, what with judges and other public servants always finding new ways to entertain us with their disturbing antics.

Associate judges in St. Clair County announce campaigns for circuit vacancies

Ann Maher Oct. 11, 2017, 8:34am

Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.

Chrysler attaches deposition of UConnect lead plaintiff to summary judgment motion

The Madison County Record Oct. 10, 2017, 8:19am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville lawyer Brian Flynn swore as lead plaintiff against Chrysler that he suffered damages from a dangerous defect in his Jeep, yet testified that he kept driving it and took parents, girlfriend, and others along without warning them.

Special prosecutor sought again to investigate an elected St. Clair County judge

Ann Maher Oct. 7, 2017, 8:20am

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving an unnamed circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

Voters in 20th Judicial Circuit will be deciding six seats in 2018

Ann Maher Oct. 4, 2017, 2:08pm

In an era of big turnover expected in state government, voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will also have ample decisions to make next year with three open seat races and likely three retention questions.

Goldenhersh will not seek another term at Fifth District in '18

Ann Maher Sep. 20, 2017, 4:01pm

Fifth District Appellate Court Justice Richard Goldenhersh will not seek another 10-year term when his current one expires at the end of next year.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge LeChien has died

Ann Maher Aug. 31, 2017, 12:54pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert P. LeChien, 65, has died, according to courthouse officials.

Witnesses shift blame in statements following Dec. 30 murder in Belleville

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 12:31pm

Witnesses to the murder of Carl Silas, who at first accused David Fields of shooting him, shifted the blame to a stranger four hours later, according to reports of St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies.

Fields murder case continued to September; Victim’s mother: witness statements don’t make sense

The Madison County Record Jul. 26, 2017, 9:05am

Seven months after the arrest of murder suspect David Fields, court proceedings still haven’t started.

LeChien denies injunction that would have forced payment to social services providers

The Madison County Record Jul. 21, 2017, 7:05am

Agencies that provide social services to the state can’t claim the same right of payment as state employees in the absence of appropriations, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien ruled on July 17.

Suspect in felony public corruption case gets vacation pass to the Bahamas

The Madison County Record Jun. 27, 2017, 6:35pm

BELLEVILLE – Some felony suspects have to go to jail, but felony suspect Ruth Hamilton Dean gets to go to the Bahamas.