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.
Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
BELLEVILLE – Campaign treasuries of four judicial candidates on the Democratic ticket held more than $200,000 as of April 1, their quarterly statements show.
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.
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.
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
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.
BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney quietly accelerated the felony trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, moving it up from June 23 to May 7.
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
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.
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.
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."
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'
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
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.
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.