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Appellate court denies appeal in attempted murder case

By Payton Kuhn | May 28, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. – A panel of judges denied an appeal from Gregory Nelson, who was convicted of an attempted first-degree murder of officer William Owen in June 2015, further reinstating his 50-year sentence in a May 16 ruling.

Appellate court reaffirms lower court’s denial of post-conviction appeal in burglary case

By Payton Kuhn | May 27, 2019

MT. VERNON – The Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court has denied a post-conviction appeal from Theodore R. Gleghorn, who was convicted on burglary charges for stealing a television, regarding what the defendant alleged was “ineffective assistance of counsel.”

ALA hosts roundtable, seminar honoring Fifth District appellate justices

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 13, 2019

The Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) is hosting an appellate practice seminar and roundtable luncheon honoring Fifth District Appellate Court justices.

Fifth District affirms summary judgment for finance company in lease agreement dispute

By John Breslin | May 10, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge's ruling ordering a doctor and his wife to pay a finance company regarding an agreement they entered into more than a decade ago.

Fifth District denies claim for additional workers' compensation benefits for former coal worker

By John Breslin | May 10, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court denied a former coal company worker's claim for increased workers' compensation benefits in a case that stretches back more than two decades.

Fifth District affirms finding that money received from son's trust is not a gift

By John Suayan | Apr 30, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a probate court’s finding that the money a woman received from her late son’s trust was not a gift.

Fifth District reverses Matoesian's order granting default judgment against nursing home resident

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 19, 2019

MT. VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court reversed Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian’s order granting default judgment in favor of a nursing care facility that sued a resident for allegedly reneging on his contractual obligations to pay for services.

Appellate court roundtable to be held in Collinsville

By Keri Carbaugh | Apr 17, 2019

A roundtable to honor the Justices of the Fifth District Appellate Court will be held May 17 in Collinsville, presented by the Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA).

Appeals court reverses sexual abuse conviction

By John Breslin | Apr 3, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A sex offense conviction was reversed after the trial court judge committed an error when he found the defendant guilty of a lesser offense rather than the one he was charged with, an appeals court has ruled.

Appellate court reverses denial of inmate's habeas corpus request, cites lack of jurisdiction

By Charmaine Little | Mar 22, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- A circuit court should not have denied a man’s request for habeas corpus because of improper venue and lack of jurisdiction, the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court determined as it reversed and remanded the case.

Fifth District affirms ruling favoring East St. Louis school district in severance pay dispute

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 22, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a ruling out of St. Clair County Circuit Court that found East St. Louis School District 189 did not violate the Wage Payment and Collection Act when it did not provide severance pay for a retired administrator.

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.

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