St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert, a Republican, defeated longtime Democrat and former Chief Judge John Baricevic in the November 2016 election. Duebbert has since come under fire for having lived with a violent parolee, David E. Fields, who has since been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, while running for office.
St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson first removed Duebbert from hearing felony cases and has since assigned him to solely administrative duties in the wake of the charges against Fields.
St. Clair County County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly requested the appointment of a special prosecutor, who will decide whether obstruction-of-justice charges should be filed against Duebbert in connection with the murder case. Kelly said the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has requested charges against Duebbert.
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