Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor 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.

13 pages of text messages between prosecutor and lawyer for Duebbert accuser show up

By Record News | May 7, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Text messages between prosecutor Lorinda Lamken and Belleville lawyer Alex Enyart have popped up as evidence for the sexual abuse trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert.

Towne sued by 15 out-of-staters arrested by SAFE; Long list of officials who participated in seizures also named

By Record News | Apr 10, 2018

CHICAGO – Individuals who served sentences and forfeited cash pursuant to arrests by a fake police squad on Interstate 80 sued the LaSalle County board and former state’s attorney Brian Towne in U.S. district court on April 5.

Former congressman Enyart stood in for son at hearing for Duebbert accuser

By Record News | Mar 13, 2018

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.

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

By Record News | Feb 20, 2018

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.

Witness in case against St. Clair County judge came forth with video during end of '16 election cycle

By Record News | Feb 14, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A special prosecutor pursuing sexual abuse charges against a St. Clair County judge will call a witness who produced a video 10 days before the 2016 election claiming he was sexually battered 17 years earlier by then attorney Ron Duebbert.

Suspects detained 9 months under ‘SAFE’ program sue former LaSalle County SA Brian Towne, others

By Record News | Jan 30, 2018

CHICAGO – Two men who spent nine months each in LaSalle County jail under $1 million bond seek damages from former state’s attorney Brian Towne, creator of a fake police squad that arrested them.

Trial for murder suspect Fields could take place this spring

By Ann Maher | Jan 3, 2018

Trial for suspect David Fields, accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas, could take place this spring.

Wrongful death suit filed against former LaSalle County state's attorney

By Record News | Dec 7, 2017

CHICAGO – Donna French and Kenneth French, sister and brother of the late Danny French, filed a wrongful death claim against former LaSalle County state’s attorney Brian Towne in U.S. district court on Nov. 29.

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.

Felony charges brought against Duebbert over alleged sexual abuse of former client

By Record News | Nov 6, 2017

BELLEVILLE – 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.

Workforce report at Illinois appellate prosecutor’s office shows underutilization of minorities

By Record News | Oct 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Workforce statistics at the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s office show that White persons held 66 of 73 jobs at last report, a rate higher than 90 percent.

Former State's Attorney Brian Towne does the perp walk

By The Madison County Record | Oct 3, 2017

When law officers break the law, even if it's allegedly in the pursuit of justice, they stop being law officers and become criminals – no better than the purported lawbreakers they're trying to apprehend, and arguably much worse.

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.

Fifth District: Collinsville officer abused rights of driver who possessed 33 grams of heroin

By Record News | Aug 15, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Collinsville policeman Stacey McElroy plucked more than an ounce of heroin from a car after 16 minutes of investigation, too slow for appellate judges who found he abused the driver’s rights by taking so long.

Mother and girlfriend of suspect fatally shot while fleeing police dispute official account

By Record News | Aug 8, 2017

CAHOKIA – Mildred Moellman of Missouri, whose life allegedly depended on a police officer fatally shooting her friend Jason Stringer at Cahokia’s Wal-Mart last Nov. 28, says it didn’t happen that way.

Rands appointed special prosecutor in Wigginton DUI; Former U.S. Attorney pleads not guilty

By Ann Maher | Jun 12, 2017

Illinois appellate prosecutor David Rands has been appointed to handle DUI and related traffic charges against former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton who was arrested last month by Troy police.

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.

Judge Kelley denies reconsideration of Van Hoose's misdemeanor assault conviction

By Record News | May 1, 2017

St. Clair County associate judge Randall Kelley has denied reconsideration of his judgment finding Brad Van Hoose of Belleville guilty of misdemeanor assault.

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