Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Unclear whether Silas murder investigation remains open; Gleeson says JIB outcome will determine Duebbert return

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

Following the acquittal of David Fields, the man accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas of Belleville, it is unclear whether the investigation into the killing remains open, or if it is case closed.

What happened Goliath?

By The Madison County Record | Dec 12, 2018

Not surprisingly, 12 jurors hearing evidence in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas ruled late Monday night that suspect David Fields was not guilty.

Fields released from custody day after acquittal in St. Clair County; Family members thank God and counsel

By Record News | Dec 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Not guilty but not free, David Fields spent the night of Dec. 10 in St. Clair County jail after 12 jurors found he didn’t murder Carl Silas.

Fields found not guilty by St. Clair County jury

By Record News | Dec 10, 2018

St. Clair County jurors found David Fields not guilty of the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas of Belleville.

Lawsuit abuse still a problem in Illinois

By John Pastuovic, Illinois Civil Justice League | Dec 10, 2018

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.

By Record News | Dec 5, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Defense attorney Ryan Neal told St. Clair County jurors in opening arguments on Tuesday that victim Carl Silas was moved after the murder.

Fields’ lawyers to argue that body of murder victim was moved; testimony to begin Tuesday

By Record News | Dec 4, 2018

“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.

Prosecutor drops late-arriving blood spatter report in second Fields trial

By Record News | Dec 3, 2018

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.

Fields prosecutor delivers new test results after repeatedly telling judge discovery was complete

By Record News | Nov 30, 2018

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.

Legitimacy of ‘good faith’ settlement questioned

By The Madison County Record | Nov 28, 2018

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.

Chatham & Baricevic, lawyers sue accountant over tax troubles

By Record News | Nov 27, 2018

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.

ABA class action expert calls expenses of 25.8% in $21 million Monsanto settlement 'high'

By Record News | Nov 13, 2018

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 Rudolf fends off Republican challenge for circuit court seat

By John Breslin | Nov 7, 2018

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

By John Breslin | Nov 7, 2018

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

By John Breslin | Nov 7, 2018

Republican Paul Evans is not conceding defeat in the race for an open spot on the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Cruse and Gleeson pleased with voter confidence as they easily win retention in 20th Judicial

By John Breslin | Nov 7, 2018

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.

Busy times in Twentieth Judicial Circuit in final stretch of election cycle, and beyond

By John Breslin | Oct 31, 2018

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

By Record News | Oct 31, 2018

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.

Circuit court candidates set out positions ahead of keenly watched poll; Evans upbeat on campaign

By John Breslin | Oct 30, 2018

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

By John Sammon | Oct 30, 2018

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.

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