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Charles Freeman, first African-American IL Sup Ct justice, retires; Appellate justice Neville appointed to replace

From
Cook County Record

After nearly three decades on Illinois’ high court, Justice Charles Freeman, the first black justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court and a former chief justice of the court, has retired. Illinois First District Appellate Court P. Scott Neville has been appointed to serve the remainder of Freeman's term through 2020.

Gleeson designates BND reporter as media coordinator for Duebbert trial

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.

Karmeier to administer oath to new attorneys on Thursday

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will administer the attorney's oath to approximately 74 new lawyers at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.

Karmeier among panelists at ALA-ISBA seminar; 'Appellate Jeopardy' on tap for entertainment

MOUNT VERNON — Illinois Supreme Court's chief justice will be among justices featured in a panel next month, according to a recent announcement.

Challenges ahead with transition to statewide court e-filing, especially with 'eye-popping' number of asbestos cases

Madison County's Circuit Clerk will not receive any additional funding in his budget to manage the challenge of abiding by an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that all counties must feed filings into a statewide system by July 1.

In latest decision over Superfund site, court finds in favor of toxic waste haulage company

In the most recent judgment linked to the legacy of widespread contamination at and surrounding two industrial sites in St. Clair County, an appeals court has ruled in favor of a trucking company accused of contributing to the pollution, and against its insurer.

Madison County GOP chair calls for more political diversity on bench; Says it will help shed ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation

Madison County GOP chairman Jeremy Plank has called for the appointment of more Republicans at the Third Judicial Circuit to more closely reflect the county’s “political landscape” and to help shed its reputation as a “judicial hellhole.”

Hale v. State Farm trial postponed four months until after Labor Day

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon postponed for four months a jury trial on a $9 billion claim against State Farm.

Illinois high court affirms rulings for plaintiff in underinsured motorist coverage case

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed appellate and trial court rulings in favor of a plaintiff who had filed a complaint after an insurance company denied coverage following a car crash.

Plaintiffs in Hale v State Farm claim Karmeier-provided timeline will prove case; Trial set to start May 7

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm tainted the Illinois Supreme Court through Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier say that a timeline he gave to a news reporter in 2015 revealed corruption.

Cook County judge to determine what to do with Patton votes

CHICAGO – Republican voters in the 56th Senate district can mark their ballots for Hal Patton in the March 20 primary, but those ballots won’t do him any good.

Staples and politics in Madison County: Ballot access survivor will be tested in primary

Election laws sometimes can produce unfair results even when all that a civic minded citizen wants to do is fulfill a noble purpose - public service. A lawyer familiar with ballot access case law sees it this way: "They are the rules that we all live with, and the rules are the rules."

Gibbons responds to request for outside prosecutor: 'No conflict of interest exists'

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says no conflict exists between him and officials whose offices were raided in January, and that they are mistaken for asserting that he applied for search warrants that allowed for the raid to take place.

Appellate court rules against Patton in ballot access challenge

The First District Appellate Court has rejected a ballot access appeal brought by Edwardsville mayor Hal Patton, whose candidacy for state Senate has been derailed.

Civil justice reforms proposed in House include venue reform, joint and several liability and judicial retention

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would restrict judges from seeking election to their own seats has been refiled after dying in a previous session of the Illinois General Assembly.

IL Supreme Court calls for fix of rules apportioning blame in multi-car crashes; could leave defendants 'holding bag'

From
Cook County Record

Illinois’ highest state court has upheld a Chicago appeals panel and a Cook County judge's rulings that a defendant in a car crash suit had no basis to contest his codefendant's settlement with the plaintiff under Illinois law, because there was no evidence of fraud, despite concerns the ruling could leave less culpable co-defendants “holding the bag” at trial.

High court upholds seizure of woman’s Harley; Karmeier dissent: ‘In the eyes of the law, she was guilty of nothing’

SPRINGFIELD – Police properly seized a three wheel Harley-Davidson vehicle from a woman who committed no crime, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Feb. 16.

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

People have argued for years about the right answer to that poser. Here's another: Which comes first, the trial or the decision?

Herndon denies summary judgment to State Farm in $9 billion RICO case

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Feb. 6 denied summary judgment to State Farm on a $9 billion racketeering claim.

Madison County projected to 'go live' in April on state's new centralized E-File Manager, circuit court clerk says

EDWARDSVILLE – In spite of its request to extend a deadline for making court documents available through the state's new centralized E-File Manager (EFM) being denied, Madison County Circuit Clerk Mark von Nida says he hopes his office will done by early spring, well ahead of a mandatory July 1 deadline.