News from 2006

Madison County Judge Heflin to hear Young's DUI case

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 27, 2006

Judge Janet Heflin Madison County Associate Circuit Judge Janet Heflin was appointed by the Illinois Administrative Office of the Court to preside over St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young's DUI case.

Keller Farms sues Caseyville for digging detention pond

By Ann Knef | Dec 27, 2006

Keller Farms has filed a $50,000 trespass lawsuit against the Village of Caseyville in St. Clair County Circuit Court claiming it wrongfully excavated a detention pond on its property.

Legal mal suit claims junkyard owner paid too much to settle

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 28, 2006

The owner of an Alton junkyard filed a legal malpractice suit against his former attorneys in Madison County Dec. 22, claiming they negligently failed to settle a case for $35,000, which led to a settlement that caused him to pay $155,000 more than he should have.

Humiliation and stress claimed in retaliatory discharge suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 28, 2006

Lisa Abernathy filed a retaliatory discharge suit against Rosewood Care Center in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 18, seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Knee replacement malfunctions, company sued in Madison County

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 28, 2006

Jerry Linder filed suit against knee replacement manufacturer Smith & Nephew Oxinium in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 18, claiming a knee replacement failed to function properly requiring him to get a second one.

Retired Florida worker migrates north to file asbestos suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 28, 2006

A Florida man diagnosed with mesothelioma filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 21, claiming 111 defendant corporations are responsible for his illness.

Judge Callis 'Person of the Year'

By The Madison County Record | Dec 28, 2006

Judge Callis For her commitment to restoring public confidence in the Madison County Couthouse, as well as the poise she displayed walking a political tightrope during a precarious judicial election cycle, our hats are off to the Record's 2006 Person of the Year.

The Record's most read stories in 2006

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 28, 2006

The following were the most well-read reports on the Record's website ( or in 2006:

Year in Review: Prisoner lawsuits beg attention

By The Madison County Record | Dec 29, 2006

Court access for all citizens, including convicts, is the bedrock of the American justice system.

Patchett has ties to Lakin class action club

By Steve Korris | Dec 29, 2006

St. Clair County taxpayers hired an outsider to clean up a mess their judges made with beer but the outsider has inside connections.

Wackiest personal injury suits of 2006

By The Madison County Record | Dec 30, 2006

Filing personal injury suits to remedy pain and mental anguish suffered in fateful accidents has become increasingly popular in our state courts.

Year in Review: Top stories and newsmakers of 2006

By The Madison County Record | Dec 31, 2006

Tom Lakin With the direction of the Fifth Appellate Court at stake and several circuit judgeships in Madison and St. Clair counties sharply contested, the November election is The Record's clear choice as the top story of 2006. Voters spoke and Democratic candidates trounced Republicans, consistent with national sentiment.

2006 Timeline: Newsmakers keep ink flowing

By The Madison County Record | Dec 31, 2006

Carol Kugler The 2006 general election by far had the greatest impact on our courts here in the Metro-East. But before and after, lawsuits were filed, hearings were held, verdicts were reached, decisions were made.

Judge Stiehl gives Peel unwanted Christmas present

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 31, 2006

Gary Peel United States District Judge William Stiehl denied former Lakin lawyer Gary Peel's motion to suppress evidence on Dec. 22.

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