BELLEVILLE – Venue decisions in St. Clair County show how judges’ decision making varies, as recently one ruled that a suit over a traffic accident doesn’t belong in the jurisdiction where it happened and another judge ruled that a suit over a traffic accident belongs where it happened.
Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News
The whole thing is starting to unravel in both places, and it’s beginning to look like Trump and Duebbert both will be vindicated in the end. The false narratives will be proven wrong, the true stories will be told, and real criminals will be held accountable.
Appeal by former college professor turned meth producer, then legal assistant for Clayborne firm, rejected at 7th Circuit
CHICAGO – Former methamphetamine producer Paul Whinnery worked for James Clayborne’s firm in Belleville while Clayborne led the Illinois Senate, according to a letter from the firm on record at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
BELLEVILLE – As appellate judges began reviewing certification of a class action for employees of Sycamore Village assisted living care center in Swansea, the class shrank.
Murder suspect Fields was offered leniency in exchange for implicating Duebbert in Silas murder, JIB filing says
SPRINGFIELD – David Fields waited two years in jail for a murder trial when he could have implicated Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert in exchange for leniency at the outset, according to Duebbert’s lawyer.
Fifth District reverses Kolker in disclosure dispute; Plaintiff attorney had given his campaign $1K as case played out
MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Christopher Kolker improperly ordered Family Video to disclose attorney work product in a slip and fall suit, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on June 5.
BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson plans to review the fairness of 11,256 settlements of pollution claims against Monsanto on an individual basis.
Hoerner admonishes defense in BIPA certified class action: ‘plaintiffs…don’t need you doing their thinking for them’
MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges will review an order of St. Clair County Associate Judge Kevin Hoerner, certifying a class action on biometric data for a client of former chief judge John Baricevic.
BELLEVILLE – Monsanto has answered questions of Fifth District appellate judges about settlement of 11,256 pollution claims, Bruce Cook argued for Monsanto at a May 22 hearing.
BELLEVILLE – At least 28 defendants in St. Clair County suits have substituted Circuit Judge Christopher Kolker in the last year, and at least 11 plaintiffs have substituted Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn in two months.
BELLEVILLE – Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund trustees have asked St. Clair County Associate Judge Julie Katz to reject timesheets that county board member Robert Allen changed after the fund audited him.
BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County’s board adopted a budget that would have harmed probation officers and court workers in four other counties, according to a suit their union filed in chancery court.
Missouri woman's insurance claim won't be decided in St. Clair Co.; State Farm had argued forum shopping
BELLEVILLE – Heather Brinkley of DeSoto, Mo., who sued State Farm in St. Clair County circuit court over coverage of her home, chose not to resist a challenge to the court’s jurisdiction.
BELLEVILLE – Chatham and Baricevic law firm didn’t want a jury to resolve its dispute with accountant Mark Diak, but Associate Judge Julie Katz has given herself an option to hold a jury trial.
BELLEVILLE – Rookie Associate Judge Kevin Hoerner holds in his hands two cases that other St. Clair County judges turned loose like hot potatoes.
BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered Monsanto to move for a finding of good faith in its $21 million mass settlement of pollution claims.
BELLEVILLE – Accountant Mark Diak claims lawyers Grey Chatham and Charles Baricevic should file a malpractice suit over their exposure to tax penalties instead of seeking judgment in equity.
MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges found former chief circuit judge John Baricevic correctly suppressed statements that teenage murder suspect Darran McCloud made after telling police, “I don’t want to say nothing.”
The newest associate judges who will serve at St. Clair County Circuit Court are Stacy Campbell, 37, of O'Fallon; Patrick R. Foley, 44, of Belleville and Kevin T. Hoerner, 56, of Belleville.
The 10th annual O’Fallon Metro East Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast took place at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church on Monday, with a keynote speech on injustice delivered by the first African American woman elected judge in St. Clair County.