Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

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.

If it claims to be natural, sue it-that’s the natural way in St. Clair County

By The Madison County Record | Mar 27, 2018

What could be more natural – at least, in St. Clair County – than a flurry of class action lawsuits claiming that some “all natural” products are not as “natural” as advertised, that consumers of said products have been cheated, and that they and their attorneys deserve to be compensated for the alleged fraud?

Voter turnout in judicial circuits ranges from 16-31 percent; Democrats have stronger showing in Madison, St. Clair

By Ann Maher | Mar 21, 2018

Voter turnout in counties of the Third and Twentieth Judicial Circuits ranged from a low of approximately 16 percent in Monroe to a high of 31 percent in Washington.

Ruocco wins Republican nomination for circuit court vacancy

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has won the Republican nomination for a circuit wide vacancy at the Twentieth Judicial Circuit over Marissa attorney Marshall Hilmes by a margin of 61 to 39 percent.

Ruocco: 'Not afraid to stand up for what is right, challenge status quo'

By Ann Maher | Mar 14, 2018

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has a recommendation for voters who want change in the St. Clair County judiciary, a court system she says is "fraught with scandals" - vote for someone who is not part of the "establishment."

Former congressman Enyart stood in for son at hearing for Duebbert accuser

By Record News | Mar 13, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Former Congressman Bill Enyart represented Carlos Rodriguez of Belleville, accuser of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, in proceedings that reduced a felony charge against Rodriguez to a misdemeanor with no punishment.

ICJL rates judicial candidates ahead of primary; Newly minted Irishman only one in state 'not recommended'

By Ann Maher | Mar 12, 2018

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) has evaluated judicial candidates running across the state in next week's primary, and for the local ones who participated in the tort reform group's survey, all received ratings of "recommended" or better.

Duebbert accuser who agreed to 'intensive' drug treatment in initial felony guilty plea, bargains down to misdemeanor, no punishment

By Record News | Mar 7, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Carlos A. Rodriguez of Belleville, who swears Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert committed a felony against him, bargained down his own felony charge to a misdemeanor with no punishment.

Hilmes: 'People of 20th Circuit deserve judges who will be fair, impartial'

By Ann Maher | Mar 6, 2018

Running as a Republican in the March 20 primary, candidate for circuit judge Marshall Hilmes said he would like to see changes take place in the Twentieth Judicial court system.

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