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St. Clair County State's Attorney News

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

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

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'

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

WalletHub says Illinois has highest state and local tax burden; Voters seem to be feeling pinch

Illinois has the highest state and local tax burden in the country, according to a recent report by a personal finance website.

Washington Park mayoral candidate claims a deceased man and federal prison inmate have voted absentee

Even though the upcoming consolidated election is 11 days off, Washington Park candidate for mayor Terrilyn Gossett believes that the race has already been decided.

Special prosecutors have been picked to lead Duebbert investigation

Prosecutors from outside the Metro East have been picked to lead an investigation of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert to decide whether he should be charged with obstruction of justice related to a first degree murder case.