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Despite claims of ineffective counsel, court affirms conviction on murder case

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 16, 2018

MT. VERNON -- The first-degree murder conviction of a St. Clair County man was affirmed by the court, despite claims of ineffective legal counseling.

Appellate court reverses Rudolf, orders new trial on medication overdose case

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 22, 2018

A minor who suffered an overdose of a prescribed medication due to a pharmacy's error will receive a new trial, an appellate court ruled.

Convicted burglar will receive new defense attorney, appellate court rules

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 15, 2018

A man convicted of attempted burglary will receive a new defense attorney amid questions about his previous attorney's actions in the case.

Appellate court orders new hearing on murder conviction

By John Breslin | Oct 12, 2018

A man convicted of murder should receive a hearing on his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, an appeals court ruled.

Cahokia library employee denied workers' compensation benefits, appellate court rules

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 11, 2018

A Cahokia School District employee lost an appeal disputing a decision denying her workers' compensation claims.

Man convicted of murder claims counsel did not interview all witnesses

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 2, 2018

A man convicted of murder should receive a hearing on his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, an appeals court ruled.

Fifth District affirms conviction in murder of Washington Park mayor

By Charmaine Little | Sep 27, 2018

MT. VERNON –– The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a conviction in the first-degree murder of Washington Park Mayor John Thornton.

Appeals court ends neighbors' driveway dispute

By Charmaine Little | Sep 27, 2018

A Red Bud homeowner cannot make her neighbor pay to repair a shared easement, an appeals court ruled.

Seventh Circuit denies 'frivolous' appeal to reopen 'dormant' fraud case from 2014

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 26, 2018

The Seventh Circuit Appellate Court affirmed district judge Michael J. Reagan’s order rejecting a woman’s attempt to reopen a fraud case that had been voluntarily dismissed four years ago.

Appellate court backs decision to strip parental rights from jailed father

By John Breslin | Sep 24, 2018

Madison County Circuit Court properly stripped a convicted sex offender of his parental rights, an appeals court ruled on Aug. 30.

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.

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