Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Washington Park mayor claims removal from electoral board motivated by desire to control April election

By Record News | Jan 31, 2017

Washington Park Mayor Ann Rodgers claims St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida and county Democrat chairman Robert Sprague kicked her off the village’s electoral board in order to control the April 4 election.

Duebbert search warrants moved quickly to public record in St. Clair County

By Record News | Jan 24, 2017

Among 39 St. Clair County search warrants that changed from confidential to public record between Dec. 20 and Jan. 17, two that pertained to Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert changed the quickest. And on the day a court clerk stamped those two as open records on Jan. 12, the contents of Duebbert’s warrants were the subject of a local news article at 5:25 p.m.

Parolee who lived with Duebbert is charged with first degree murder

By Ann Maher | Jan 4, 2017

David E. Fields, 20, was charged on Tuesday with the first degree murder of Carl Z. Silas, 28, which occurred at a Belleville apartment on Dec. 30.

LeChien substitution rate persists in St. Clair County

By Record News | Dec 21, 2016

St. Clair County voters approved circuit judge Robert LeChien in November, but litigants continue seeking to replace him. 

New chief judge, same dubious behavior

By The Madison County Record | Dec 21, 2016

St. Clair County Court has a new chief judge: Andrew Gleeson has replaced John Baricevic.

Former Prenda attorneys who litigated porn hacking suits in St. Clair County indicted in Minnesota

By Record News | Dec 21, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, who face criminal charges that they fooled judges into helping them extort $6 million from pornography watchers, found favor in the court of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson.  

Questions of judicial ethics woven into history of St. Clair County

By Record News | Dec 14, 2016

Following his defeat of incumbent Democrat chief judge John Baricevic last month, newly elected Republican Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert is off to a rough start.

Rauner seeks relief from LeChien’s pro-AFSCME decision at Fifth District

By Record News | Dec 14, 2016

On Dec. 7, Gov. Bruce Rauner petitioned the Fifth District appellate court for interlocutory review of LeChien’s jurisdiction over labor negotiations. Rauner counsel Thomas Bradley wrote, “There is no provision in the Labor Act that gives the circuit courts general jurisdiction over public sector labor disputes.”  

Gleeson picked to serve as chief judge in Twentieth Judicial Circuit

By Dawn Geske | Dec 6, 2016

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson was elected chief judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit last week, succeeding the outgoing Circuit Judge John Baricevic.

Defendant convicted of concealing homicide will get new trial in St. Clair County

By Record News | Dec 6, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Associate Judge Zina Cruse should have told jurors that a person in the process of aiding and abetting a crime can withdraw from the crime, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 28.  

Duebbert sworn into office by McGlynn; No other judges attend ceremony

By Ann Maher | Dec 5, 2016

Ronald Duebbert was sworn in as circuit judge Monday afternoon by fellow circuit judge Stephen McGlynn.

Baricevic hopes to 'contribute to community' following election loss

By Dawn Geske | Nov 21, 2016

“I lost,” Baricevic told the Record. “I’ve had a great career. I’ve earned the respect of my peers. I’ve earned the respect of citizens. I’ve had a good career.”

Duebbert tops chief Judge Baricevic in Twentieth Judicial Circuit race

By Ann Maher | Nov 9, 2016

Republican Ron Duebbert has been elected circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, defeating Democrat incumbent, Chief Judge John Baricevic.

Mother of drug death victim 'begged' court for help with daughter's heroin addiction

By Ann Maher | Nov 2, 2016

Chris Keel of State Park continues to mourn the loss of her 20-year-old daughter Jennifer Herling more than four years ago in September 2012.

'Every nation gets the government it deserves'

By The Madison County Record | Nov 2, 2016

That famous phrase originated with French lawyer Joseph de Maistre, a noted opponent of the French Revolution and the lawlessness it unleashed.

Drug induced homicides of two women at Fairview Heights drug house eventually led investigators to courthouse

By Record News | Nov 1, 2016

Democratic judicial candidates succeeded grandly on Election Day in 2012, but two dead women would come back to haunt their courthouse.  

Drug testing, public confidence and retention question remain issues in judicial races in St. Clair County

By Ann Maher | Nov 1, 2016

More than three years since the exposure of illegal drug use by St. Clair County judges and a probation officer, the high profile scandal remains a prominent issue in the election of local judges this year.

St. Clair County board candidate wants criminal records expunged in Baricevic's court

By Record News | Oct 21, 2016

St. Clair County Board candidate James Haywood, Jr. of Cahokia has moved to expunge records of a felony charge that he violated an absentee ballot and lesser charges that he drove under the influence, resisted arrest, shoved an officer, and committed battery and criminal trespass.

Baricevic reversed in prisoner’s claim of perjured testimony

By Record News | Oct 19, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges granted a hearing in St. Clair County circuit court for prisoner Jarvis Boose, who claims East St. Louis detective Rick Perry perjured himself twice before Chief Judge John Baricevic.  

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