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Man tasered in home wins suit against officer

Nine years after he was tasered in his home by a police officer delivering a parking ticket, a Hermann truck driver has been awarded $650,000 by a federal jury in St. Louis — including half a million dollars in punitive damages.

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Jury finds woman mostly at fault for highway crash

A Phelps County jury determined that a 73-year-old Rolla woman injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 44 was 75 percent responsible, awarding her less than $11,000 after a six-figure demand on the morning of trial. 

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Kansas jury rejects liability for bar in woman’s death

A Kansas jury rejected an attempt to hold a popular Lawrence bar responsible for the 2018 death of a 61-year-old woman visiting her son as part of an unofficial University of Kansas “Mom’s weekend.”

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St. Charles County settles assistant counselor’s suit against ex-top cop

Gavel atop a thick book

A former assistant county counselor in St. Charles County reached a settlement of more than $400,000 in a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging a years-long effort by a now-retired county police chief whose workplace misconduct, she said, was both well-known and ignored by other top county officials.

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WJA 2021: Courtney Wachal

Women's Justice Awards

Kansas City Municipal Judge Courtney Wachal presides over a daily domestic violence docket that recently had grown to nearly 350 cases in one day, as the court continued to work through its COVID-19 backlog.

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WJA 2021: Josephine (Jody) Stockard

Women's Justice Awards

For Jody Stockard, the path to receiving a Women’s Justice Award for public service began at the University of Missouri School of Journalism — the undergraduate alma mater for a quarter of this year’s honorees in this category.

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WJA 2021: Kate Schaefer

Women's Justice Awards

A career prosecutor before her 2018 election to the bench, Circuit Judge Kate Schaefer now presides over a range of civil and criminal cases from the St. Joseph-based circuit.

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WJA 2021: Mary Kathryn Hoff

Women's Justice Awards

Adjusting to recent retirement after more than three decades of donning the black robe —including more than a quarter-century with the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District — admittedly remains a work in progress for Mary Kathryn Hoff.

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WJA 2021: Jennifer R. Growcock

Women's Justice Awards

Long before the pandemic elevated “work from home” into the everyday vernacular, Jennifer Growcock faced a career crossroads.

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