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No evidence of other alleged crimes allowed in murder case, appeals court rules

By John Breslin | Sep 24, 2018

Prosecutors cannot introduce new evidence of earlier crimes allegedly committed by a man charged with first-degree murder, an appeals court ruled.

Couple divorced four times in 26 years in court again over property settlement

By John Breslin | Sep 20, 2018

A couple, divorced four times from each other, are in dispute over a property settlement.

Prisoner's habeas corpus petition denied by appeals court

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 31, 2018

A man serving 60 years in prison for first-degree murder will not receive a hearing to review his case, an appeals court ruled.

Appellate court upholds sex offender plea deal

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 30, 2018

A sex offender cannot withdraw his guilty plea, an appellate court ruled.

Majority of Fifth District published opinions favor plaintiffs; Defense rulings mostly filed as Rule 23 decisions

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 29, 2018

According to Fifth District Appellate Court decisions dating back through 2016, the appellate court tends to favor plaintiffs in published opinions and defendants in Rule 23 rulings.

Appellate court denies sex offender's request for judgment relief

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 29, 2018

A convicted sex offender cannot reverse his conviction, an appellate court ruled.

Man loses appeal from St. Clair County murder case

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 29, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court upheld a first-degree murder conviction against a man who challenged the verdict over his fitness to stand trial.

Father of six receives full custody over mother's objections

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 26, 2018

An appeals court upheld a ruling granting sole custody to a father of six in a long-running divorce case.

Appellate court reverses sex offender registration conviction

By Charmaine Little | Aug 26, 2018

An Illinois appeals court reversed a man’s conviction after he was accused of failing to register as a sex offender.

Appeal fails, father loses parental rights

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 23, 2018

A St. Clair County father lost his attempt to overturn a lower court's ruling revoking his parental rights.

From Pennsylvania Record

Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

Class action over Chrysler's uConnect technology stayed pending appeal

By William Sassani | Aug 8, 2018

A federal judge put a class action lawsuit against Chrysler on hold pending appeal.

From Cook County Record

IL high court: Cities can't sidestep lawsuits by simply calling property repairs 'discretionary'

By Dan Churney | Aug 6, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has reduced the reach of the legal shield long enjoyed under Illinois state law by cities and other public bodies when faced with personal injury lawsuits, as the high court indicated the rationale advanced by lower court judges in rejecting a woman’s lawsuit over the injuries she sustained tripping on a Danville sidewalk was overbroad.

Fifth District affirms Becker’s order denying request to appropriate VAC funds for attorney’s fees; Becker praised for maintaining status quo

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 2, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed Clinton County Associate Judge William Becker’s order denying veteran services officer Brad Lavite’s request to pay attorney’s fees with funds intended for assisting Madison County veterans.

St. Clair County man accused of sexual abuse remains in state custody after 'not not-guilty' ruling

By Charmaine Little | Jul 23, 2018

An accused sexual predator will remain in the custody of Department of Human Services (DHS) after an Illinois appellate court found he is still "not not-guilty."

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