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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.

Fifth District affirms circuit court's ruling in estate dispute

By Chandra Lye | Feb 14, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a circuit court decision in a complaint involving the division of an estate.

Fifth District affirms first degree murder conviction

By Chandra Lye | Feb 13, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a first degree murder conviction despite the defendant’s argument that he did not get a fair trial.

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Class action vs Allstate over rates can continue; Company, not state, set rates, appeals court says

By Dan Churney | Jan 31, 2019

In a split decision, an Illinois appeals panel has stripped Allstate Insurance of its defenses against a class action, which alleged the company unfairly billed long-term auto policyholders more than it charged new ones, saying Illinois insurers can’t protect their rates from lawsuits, because their rates are not controlled by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

‘I don’t want to say nothing’ means police interrogation must cease, Fifth District rules

By Record News | Jan 31, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges found former chief circuit judge John Baricevic correctly suppressed statements that teenage murder suspect Darran McCloud made after telling police, “I don’t want to say nothing.”

High court reinstates Jasper County defense verdict involving Salem auto accident

By Record News | Jan 31, 2019

SPRINGFIELD – All seven Supreme Court Justices reinstated a defense verdict that Fifth District appellate judges overturned in a traffic injury case.

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IL Supreme Court: Ex-wife can't use past temp injunction to stop husband's sons from getting his IRA

By Scott Holland | Jan 28, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says a man had the right to name his children the rightful heirs of his retirement funds, even though his ex-wife contended a court order in place during divorce proceedings should have prevented it.

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IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.

Cerro Copper asks Fifth District to delay pollution trial 35 days after request denied in St. Clair County

By Record News | Jan 22, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – Metal recycler Cerro Copper has asked Fifth District appellate judges to delay a pollution trial for 35 days, claiming a swap of trial dates between St. Clair County judges made proper preparation impossible.

Fifth District rejects murderer's plea for post-conviction relief

By John Breslin | Jan 21, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- A convicted murderer has failed in his appeal for post conviction relief and a reduction of his 20-year sentence.

Fifth District overturns bench trial ruling in suit alleging man fatally hit pedestrian

By Chandra Lye | Jan 18, 2019

The Fifth District Appellate court has overturned a decision out of the Madison County Circuit Court in a suit involving a fatal collision with a pedestrian, arguing that the circuit court relied on information that had not been part of the trial.

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