Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Why Judge Robert LeChien is ‘irreplaceable’

By The Madison County Record | Jul 17, 2018

Some judges are irreplaceable. It might be their vast knowledge of the law, their many years on the bench, their Solomonic wisdom, the unique rhetorical flair that made their opinions a delight to read even for those who disagreed with them, or some other distinctive attribute.

Prosecutor in upcoming Fields' murder trial doesn't want cameras in courtroom

By Record News | Jul 17, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Illinois appellate prosecutor Charles Colburn doesn’t want video coverage at the murder trial of David Fields, set to start on July 23.

Illinois Supreme Court disputes claim short handed St. Clair County cannot replace judge

By John Breslin | Jul 16, 2018

Budget constraints across the state's judicial system is blocking any move to replace a deceased judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, according to its Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson.

Gleeson says he won't return judge cleared of charges to bench, but says Duebbert can petition Supreme Court for return

By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert will remain on administrative duties despite criminal charges against him being dropped last week.

Duebbert attorney says prosecution was political; Visiting judge: 'this case is over'

By Record News | Jul 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE - As visiting Judge Michael McHaney dismissed charges against Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert in court on July 6, he appeared as if he was in a hurry to get out of St. Clair County.

Charges against Duebbert dropped at request of accuser

By Ann Maher | Jul 5, 2018

Criminal charges against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert are being dropped just four days before trial was set to begin.

Text message to special prosecutor before charges filed against Duebbert: Accuser 'embellished'

By Record News | Jun 25, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyer Alex Enyart told a prosecutor that the accuser of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert embellished his story, according to a text message filed in the case which is set for trial starting July 9.

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.

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