Last week, the Missouri Supreme Court issued an opinion in In re the Matter of T.Q.L. that is one of the most significant advances in child custody cases in a very long time, perhaps ever. o
Attention must be paid.
Much has been reported lately in this newspaper about a certain associate circuit judge in St. Louis County who received low marks from attorneys and fellow judges. Perhaps the voting public needs to learn about all judicial decisions that these men and women hand down so that they can make more informed decisions at the polls.
I am writing to weigh in heavily in support of the commentary of Professor Doug Abrams that appeared on page 12 of Missouri Lawyers Weekly on July 9 [“Lawyers should balk at meritless lawsuits”]. It was my good fortune to have Professor Abrams as a teacher when I was in law school, and I know that youth league sports are a subject near and dear to his heart.
Missouri may soon become the first state to use the drug propofol for an execution. Being “first” in this context is a dubious distinction for several reasons, not the least of which is that propofol is the drug that gained notoriety in the death of Michael Jackson; but more to the point, it has never been used in the United States for executions.
In August of this year, consistent with the Missouri Constitution, I will retire.
I read with considerable interest the letter written by Mr. Dee Wampler in your Feb. 6 edition, concerning Judge William Vandeventer’s Stuffed Deer opinion.
For the first time in the Missouri Legislature, there is significant bipartisan support for the elimination of the death penalty.
Step aside Mississippi! Missouri is ready to take your place in all those jokes about how poorly educated its citizens are. If the Missouri General Assembly goes along with Governor Nixon’s 12.5 percent cut to the higher education budget, our state will likely be dead last in per capita funding.
In reading the delightful letter from Joplin attorney Cobb Young, “Remembering Judge Maus and the Case of the Missing Shoe” (Jan. 23 edition), it brings to my memory my late father, Homer D. Wampler Jr. (1918-1999), who related stories about Presiding Judge William Vandeventer of the Springfield Court of Appeals.
Judge Almon Maus, who served on the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1993, died Jan. 9 in Springfield. This writer, who was Judge Maus’ first law clerk, recalls the first appellate opinion by Judge Maus.
I am writing in response to your June 17 article entitled “Public defenders tell court of its sub-par lawyers.” I have no quarrel with the content of the article, but I most certainly have a quarrel with the misleading and demeaning headline chosen for the story.
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