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Office of the State Appellate Defender allowed to withdraw from man's appeal of sentence in 2003 arson

By Charmaine Little | Mar 22, 2019

MT. VERNON – Illinois' Fifth District Appellate Court recently agreed with the Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD) in dismissing a man's motion for a reduced sentence after he had agreed to plead guilty to aggravated arson.

Court settles postmarital dispute over business bank account, lake house

By Charmaine Little | Mar 20, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- The Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court reversed on March 19 a lower court’s ruling that money in a husband’s bank account was a nonmarital property.

Fifth District awards $21,979 to woman in dispute over tax refund

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 19, 2019

MT. VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court granted half of a tax refund in a martial settlement agreement, reversing a Madison County Circuit Court ruling that denied the spouse's claim.

Fifth District affirms conviction in distracted driving case where defendant was videotaping Wood River cops

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A jury was correct in finding a defendant guilty of driving while improperly using an electronic device, the Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled.

Court throws out convict's appeal for post-conviction relief over sentencing

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- An appeals court has ruled against a convicted violent offender who sought post- conviction relief over consecutive sentences handed down by a trial judge.

Fifth District affirms ruling in woman's sex offender registration dispute

By Charmaine Little | Mar 8, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida's ruling denying a woman's motion to withdraw her negotiated guilty plea and vacate her sentence following charges for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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Pennsylvania opioid lawsuits are homeless while trial lawyers take shots at each other

By John O'Brien | Mar 6, 2019

Seven appeals and plenty of in-fighting have Pennsylvania counties behind schedule in their quest to hold dozens of companies liable for the nation's painkiller crisis

Fifth District dismisses case against man who sought release from DHS mental health facility

By Charmaine Little | Mar 5, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court dismissed a man’s appeal for conditional release from a mental treatment center as moot because his actual release date was last year.

Fifth District affirms denial of disability benefits for former custodian

By Charmaine Little | Mar 1, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a circuit court's ruling that a custodian isn't owed total and permanent disabilities from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, or IMRF.

Appeals court rules 22-year sentence for armed violence not excessive

By John Breslin | Mar 1, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- A 22-year sentence imposed by a circuit court judge after a pleaded guilty to armed violence was not excessive, the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed.

IL SC to hear parents' class action seeking compensation for lead test paid for entirely by Medicaid

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 28, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear a class action in which the parents of minor children who underwent lead toxicity testing claim they should be able to recover damages for the cost of the tests even though they were paid for entirely by Medicaid.

Appeals court upholds long sentence in sexual assault case

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 25, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a circuit court’s ruling where a man was sentenced to 140 years in prison after he was convicted in the sexual assault of a child.

Man branded sexually dangerous loses bid to overturn conviction

By John Breslin | Feb 25, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A man found to be a sexually dangerous person has failed in his bid to overturn the conviction, with an appeals court ruling the trial judge did not err in allowing the defendant to represent himself.

Trooper who carried out roadside strip search ruled properly convicted of aggravated assault

By John Breslin | Feb 25, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A state trooper who carried out a roadside strip search of a man was properly convicted of aggravated assault even though he went on trial for the more serious offense of aggravated battery, an appeals court has ruled.

Fifth District upholds vehicle forfeiture ruling

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 22, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a lower court’s ruling in a case where an Illinois woman sought to overturn the state's forfeiture of a vehicle she owned.

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