St. Clair County State's Attorney News

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.

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.

State’s Attorney Kelly will have primary challenge after objection denied

By Record News | Jan 12, 2018

CHICAGO – All eight members of the State Electoral Board denied an objection that would have guaranteed the nomination of St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly as Democratic candidate for Congress.

MDL panel will hear opioid consolidation arguments Nov. 30 in St. Louis

By Record News | Nov 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – Judges on a national panel must decide whether to consolidate opioid suits of local governments and if so, whether to send them to West Virginia, Illinois or Ohio.

Duebbert will plead not guilty to felony sexual abuse charges; Lawyer says 'because he's not guilty'

By Record News | Nov 7, 2017

Prosecutors who failed for a year to build a case that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert obstructed justice in a murder investigation now charge that he committed four crimes last year in a different case.

Lawyer contributions account big in Kelly's fund-raising

By Record News | Oct 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – Lawyers contributed most of the money that St. Clair County state’s attorney Brendan Kelly raised to start his campaign for Congress.

Duebbert survives motorcycle crash with minor injuries; Calls it 'divine intervention'

By Ann Maher | Oct 18, 2017

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert said he escaped more serious injury riding on his full size cruising motorcycle earlier this week because "God was my passenger who clearly wanted me to go back to work."

Public Integrity Task Force investigates election fraud cases in St. Clair County

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 27, 2017

In an effort to crack down on public corruption in St. Clair County, State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly developed the Public Integrity Task Force, which reached three election fraud convictions so far this year.

Special prosecutor in charge of Belleville murder investigation handled Lakin and other politically-sensitive cases

By Record News | Sep 18, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Special prosecutor Charles Colburn of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor office is the new leader of an investigation into the murder of Carl Silas in Belleville last December.

Former LaSalle Co. state's attorney under indictment landed job as special prosecutor after voters ousted him

By Record News | Sep 13, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – When the people of LaSalle County fired state’s attorney Brian Towne for actions worthy of indictment in the last general election, the people of Illinois hired him.

Proposed class action against guardrail maker Trinity Industries shutting down

By Record News | Sep 5, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and special assistant David Cates have abandoned a mammoth suit seeking replacement of highway guardrails statewide.

St. Clair County seeks class certification in Trinity guard rail litigation

By Record News | Aug 14, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and special assistant David Cates, who claim a Texas firm must remove bad guardrails from roads statewide, expect local crews to distinguish good ones from bad ones.

Witnesses shift blame in statements following Dec. 30 murder in Belleville

By Record News | Aug 1, 2017

Witnesses to the murder of Carl Silas, who at first accused David Fields of shooting him, shifted the blame to a stranger four hours later, according to reports of St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies.

Fields murder case continued to September; Victim’s mother: witness statements don’t make sense

By Record News | Jul 26, 2017

Seven months after the arrest of murder suspect David Fields, court proceedings still haven’t started.

Suspect in felony public corruption case gets vacation pass to the Bahamas

By Record News | Jun 27, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Some felony suspects have to go to jail, but felony suspect Ruth Hamilton Dean gets to go to the Bahamas.

Lawyer who defends St. Clair County in jail suits faces suit over car crash

By Record News | Jun 27, 2017

Attorney Thomas Ysursa, who defends St. Clair County in jail suits and other civil actions, faces a suit claiming his car rammed the rear of another while a mobile device distracted him.

Herndon denies review of order dismissing fraud claims against guardrail maker Trinity Industries

By The Madison County Record | May 10, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – On behalf of St. Clair County taxpayers, class action lawyer David Cates may have insulted U.S. District Judge David Herndon and gained nothing from it.

Van Hoose claims special prosecutor withheld key evidence that might have cleared him

By Record News | May 9, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Brad Van Hoose of Belleville claims that special prosecutor David Rands withheld a Federal Bureau of Investigation report that could have prevented his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of assault.

Contingency fees in opioid litigation raises question: Are suits warranted or to enrich private lawyers?

By Record News | Apr 26, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. – In an addiction suit like the one St. Clair County filed against Purdue Pharma, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire must decide whether that state can retain private lawyers on a contingency fee basis.

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